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Taking Care of Yourself During the Holidays

Thursday, December 19, 2019

I love the holidays. I easily get caught up in the lights and the traditions, the celebrations, the family and faith time. I love the cooking and decorating, and finding just the right gift for my loved ones. But in November, 2008, I received the phone call that changed my life and the lives of … Read More

Changing Holiday Traditions After a Death

Friday, December 13, 2019

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” except when it isn’t. I have always loved the holidays… the decorating, the celebrating, family time and religious traditions. But 2 weeks before Thanksgiving in 2008, my husband died suddenly in an auto accident, and the season suddenly took a somber expression for me and my two … Read More

Being Grateful During Times of Grieving

Thursday, November 21, 2019

In book club we’ve been reading Resilient Grieving by Lucy Hone, PhD. Today we read chapter 7 about the importance of positive emotions during grieving. Positive emotions act as a respite for us and can offer a broader perspective during the grieving process.  In the grips of grief it can be hard to see any … Read More

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Holidays Happen: How to Survive Yours While Grieving

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Stress can be defined as a response to change. The change can be good, such as starting a new job, or it can be bad, such as the death of a loved one. The body responds regardless. Few things are as stressful as the death of a loved one. But even this stressor does not … Read More

Why Can Halloween Be so Difficult for the Grieving Person?

Monday, October 28, 2019

When someone experiences the loss of a loved one, the imagery of Halloween can be a virtual nightmare. Visions of “in your face” makeshift cemeteries, coffins on display and ghosts or other beings hanging from front yard trees might cause flashbacks to the agonizing loss of a loved one. Be aware that costumes of zombies, … Read More

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