Mary was a lady of very small stature, barely four feet tall. Her home was accordingly furnished to accommodate her stature, with low counters, low chairs, tables, and couches. Yet when her father, a man over six feet tall became
Grief demands attention; it takes time to experience and understand feelings of loss. Take time alone when you are fatigued or need space for reflection. Take time with others when you need the support of people whom you trust and
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection…We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak with others, to record the journey into the labyrinth.”
I remember my parents playing bridge with several other couples. I remember flying to California to visit my grandparents. I remember celebrating new babies born to families in the neighborhood. But I have absolutely no recollection of anyone talking about
I make my way down the aisle of the plane, squeezing past my fellow passengers and plop down in my assigned seat. Sitting next to me is a middle-aged woman with a kind smile. As the plane takes off, she
Summer can be a difficult season for the bereaved. Summer is a time of memory making, vacations, sunlight, swimming, outdoor activities, and fun. For those who are grieving, the summertime mood may not match the mood of the person. We
In the late 1800s, childhood illness and death were a part of everyday life. This did not make it less impactful, less painful, or create less of a void in families, but it wasn’t the taboo subject it is today.
Some strategies suggested here might be helpful; others may not. Try putting into practice some of the recommendations that you have not tried and find out what works for you. After a period of trial and error, you will find
As a caregiver, you cannot always spend your entire day with your loved one. We often employ others to serve as a caregiver when we are unable to. When doing so, we want to make sure we are protecting our
When in New York, we were fortunate enough to score tickets to the Broadway musical Hamilton. I can’t really put into words how moving this experience was for the girls and for me – on a number of levels.