07 Dec5 Ways To Prevent A Holiday From Being Ruined

The Drive Each Other Nuts Factor Is Real! Grieving family members, including children, tend to drive each other nuts because we each grieve differently and on our own personal healing time table.  Normal grief pain produces normal grief responses—and the grief responses that you experience may or may not be the same as other family […]

30 NovChristmas Shopping & Grief

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Christmas Shopping & Grief Grief can make Christmas Shopping difficult.  My first husband, Donald, died right before Thanksgiving in 1999.  None of my Christmas shopping was done and I was in such a state of shock and numbness that I just couldn’t make myself do it. Fortunately, my friend Sue immediately acted when she learned […]

17 OctThe Most Valuable List

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The Most Valuable List What is it?  Normal Grief Responses. Everyone who has ever experienced a loss of any kind needs this list.  Death, divorce, job loss, empty nest…What a relief to know that what you are experiencing is normal for grief.  You are not alone! Check it out and share it with your friends. […]

05 OctHOPE

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Hi Friends, Hang on to Hope!  Hope is born out of struggle.  And learning to live without your loved one is a time of great struggle.  No matter how far out from the death date that we get surges of grief are normal.  Refocus to hope. Hope is healing because hope is an activity of […]

12 Jan

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18 DecFired Up

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Fired Up! Some days I just wonder…  Let me back up and give you the backstory first.  One of my goals after moving to Fort Gratiot was to get to know as many people as possible.  I want to hear everyone’s life story and learn about their goals and dreams—and not just what they want […]

13 FebAdoption Does Work: The Back Story

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Adoption Does Work: The Back Story The start of every adoption story is the story behind the story—the back story.   The back story of an adoption does not happen in a vacuum because it’s not one story.  It’s the combined life stories of the adoptive parent or parents and their families and each biological parent […]

07 DecIt’s Time To Make Your Holiday Plan

05 DecDon’t Boss Me Around!

25 NovEmotional Crash After Thanksgiving Day

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Experiencing An Emotional Crash After Thanksgiving Day? It’s the day after Thanksgiving.  Are you experiencing an emotional crash?  Just asking.  Why?  Because, not every one does, but many of us do.  You need to know that this too is normal for grieving and healing.  For instance, did you wake up feeling emotionally and physically exhausted […]