Overcoming Shyness

As a couple we always had someone with us when we went out or tried something new.  With the death of our loved one we are on our own and that may bring out our shyness. Being shy is just … Read More

You Gotta Have Friends!

You have likely already heard how important friendships are when you are grieving.  Recent studies show that lonely grievers are more likely to develop high blood pressure, sleep poorly and get sick more often.  On the other hand if you … Read More

Learning to Accept Help

The death of a loved one feels so unreal and yet we still think we can handle it on our own.  We think, “I don’t want anyone feeling sorry for me”, so we don’t accept the support or help offered. … Read More

Love and Appreciation

Every once in a while I get hit over the head by a blessing that can not be missed.  Today, out of the blue, my beautiful daughter inlaw gave me flowers and wrote a thank you note with my 4 … Read More

Be Free To Forgive

Sometimes things happen between people during the illness and death of a loved one that causes a lot of hurt feelings.  These negative feelings have an impact on our lives, both mentally and physically. Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves because … Read More

No Grief Shortcuts Allowed

As a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, I encourage grieving.   No “light” grief, no shortcuts because the day-in, day-out work of grief is necessary and important. Sadly, our society wants to limit grief with comments like “You should be over … Read More

Ways To Honor Our Loved Ones

There are many ways to honor those that we have loved and lost. Give your grief its voice by expressing your loss.Display photographs.Restore old or tattered pictures.Donate to a worthy cause in their honor.Enjoy your memories.Visit or revisit places they … Read More

Know Your “Why”

It still never ceases to amaze me how having a powerful “why” really does shift everything. For me, this is one of the most important questions in life. If you’re feeling stuck, a quick way to get unstuck is to … Read More

Unresolved Grief

Unresolved grief can leave us feeling angry and guilt-ridden which in turn can jeopardize our mental, physical and spiritual health. Grief is behind much of the nation’s obesity, depression, diabetes, smoking and hospitalization.  According to the American Cancer Society, it’s … Read More

Life Choices

I used to feel that there were hundreds of life’s choices but once I thought about it I was surprised at just how few there really are: Family Fun Health Work Life’s Purpose Money Relationships Self-Image Self-Growth Travel Almost all … Read More

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