Friends with Cancer

Recently I was reacquainted with a friend. Similar to what many people are experiencing, my friend has cancer. Another friend has cancer and another has died, it seems like everyone is dying. WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT? Part of me wants to say woo, is it catchy? Another part of me wants to run and […]

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Help From Unexpected Places

Recently I was reading a book that prompted me to think of times when help from unexpected places came into my life. At first I noticed help came when I was in distress. As life continued I began to realize help came when I needed it the most. I know I am not alone when […]

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Helping Children Express Grief

Recently I was reading an article about children, grief and trauma. Specifically referring to how a trauma may cause children to have difficulty with speech. I want to share a few ideas that may help. As adults, sometimes we are not the best at communicating effectively with children or interpreting their needs especially when children […]

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FORGIVENESS – A BIG One for Many People

Oprah Winfrey once stated, “Forgiveness is giving up the hope that things could have been different …then moving on.” Forgiveness can be; offered in person, in the form of a written letter, said in your mind with a positive intent, difficult to do, healing, a burden released, good for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual […]

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A Granddaughter’s Song for Grampy

I want to share a young girl’s story and experience of when her grandfather was near the end of his life. Hospital visits, staying in a different town surrounded by many family members and observing the reactions of those around her, all helped established a foundation for her final memories of “Grampy”. You might wonder […]

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Saying Good-bye

Have you ever wondered what the special meaning of “good-bye” may have to someone when death is a focus of life? Who is saying “good-bye”? How is “good-bye” said? How hard is it to say “good-bye” or is “good-bye” necessary? All of these questions can have sadness, grief and heart ache connected to them. Imagine […]

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Losses Connected to Illness

Not too long ago I spoke with a group of individuals from the Parkinson Society. With a warm welcome they shared some of their stories and experiences with me. This caused me to think more about how losses connected to an illness affect an individual. When an illness becomes part of your life it affects […]

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Remembering to Take the Small Steps

After a loss the memories of times shared together with individuals who are no longer with us in person may weigh heavy on us and seem to make it harder to get through the day. For some, the memories are sad and life seems empty. Grief bursts or waves of grief may creep in, but […]

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“IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES”

“If Tomorrow Never Comes” is a Garth Brooks song that reflects on many aspects of endings and death. I have heard this song played a few times in the past few months; on TV, radio and at a funeral. Feelings of sadness, tears and thoughts of if tomorrow never comes combine with wondering if there […]

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When YOU are Sad for Someone Else’s Grief

In some cases when you are sad for someone else’s loss or grief it can affect your everyday life mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. There can be a trickle down effect that is noticed by family, friends and co-workers. What do I mean by a “trickle down” effect? Ask yourself, are you behaving differently than […]

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