31 AugWhen Your Friend Dies

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  Last week I cleaned the basement and experienced so many surges of grief that I couldn’t believe it.  This week is better.  However, tomorrow is the birthday of my friend Ceclia Stewart-Androsky.   Cele as everyone called her and me were friends for almost 20 years.  We always said that we would grow old together […]

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22 AugMore Grief: Time To Sell The House

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  More Grief: Time To Sell The House I did okay when my friend, Darlene Mengyan, who works for REMAX listed our house last Saturday. The house that my first husband, Donald, built for me 28 years ago.   At least I thought I was doing okay and remaining sweet—my family doesn’t agree, but what can […]

16 AugThe Ohio Turnpike & Certified

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How is your summer going?  Good I hope!  I can’t believe that fall is right around the corner.  Time is a flying!  What did I do this summer?  Well, I did travel down the Ohio Turnpike a few times.  However, I have to admit that the Ohio and PA Turnpikes are my favorites.  Especially the […]

09 AugResilience

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Resilience.  This week I stumbled upon the definition of the word resilience.  The following is from Webster’s Online.  1.  The ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.  2.  The ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc…  Number two resonated […]

18 JulWhen The Memories Are Not Good

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Starting Point: Rewiring Of The Heart And Brain This week as I have been working on my next book, (not titled yet, the topic is dating after the death of  your spouse/partner—yes, this one is full of information and humor because most of us never in a million years think that we will have to […]

10 JulWhat? There Is More To Acceptance?

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A few weeks ago I took a road trip to Richmond, Virginia to visit my sister, Karen.  My traveling companions were my amazingly smart, sweet and outstandingly beautiful ten year old granddaughters, Nadia and Nina.  Yes, I know I sound like a bragging grandma.  That being said, this grandma thing is great!  You have fun […]

27 JunNow What? Protect Your Child

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      Protect Your Child. When everyone in the family is grieving your child needs you to protect them.  From who? Pedophiles. People want to help.  They offer to take our grieving children out to eat, to the beach, shopping, on road trips with their family…  Before you release a child to anyone ask […]

20 JunFather’s Day Grief

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    Father’s Day Grief The first Father’s Day after Donald died I learned how painful going to church on Father’s Day can be.  I was sitting with my daughter.  A friend of mine was sitting directly in the row behind us with her two preteen children.  Their father had recently left them for places […]

30 May“I Wish You Had Died And Not Dad!”

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  “I Wish You Had Died And Not Dad!”  My son Andy and his father were very close.  Understandably, Andy was very angry after his father died.  Adding to the shock of it all was the fact that Andy was with father when he suffered his heart attack and Andy watched him die over a […]

17 MayNow What? What Is The Hard Work Of Healing?

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Now What?  What is the hard work of healing? The hard work of healing involves engaging in thought processes and behaviors, making choices, that support returning to a place of wholeness and normal functioning once again.  Even when we can’t remember what normal felt like… before our thoughts, emotions and feelings, which used to be […]