Probably the number one question I hear from people who want to care for a grieving friend, co-worker or family member is,“What can I do?” We want to be a part of the solution by helping them on their grief journey. Yet, we have heard (and […]
If you have read any of my previous blogs, you know that I am a huge advocate of allowing the grief that you are experiencing on the inside be expressed through mourning on the outside. You’ll also know by now that I strongly suggest not keeping your […]
As children, we never wanted the holidays to end. But when you are grieving hard and the grief is raw, most cannot wait for the holidays to be over. In fact, many would tell you that if they could, they would gladly climb in a time machine […]
Have you ever met a person who was so incredibly practical that it seemed they missed out on getting any emotions when they were born? And on the flip side, have you ever met someone who was so emotional that they lacked all common sense? We usually […]
Now before you dedicated duffers out there start throwing your clubs at me, let me explain.
Golf is usually a one person sport. Sure, you may play a scramble, cup match or use a caddy now and then, but for the most part, there is only […]
It only took 10 years for me to find it, but I am so glad I did!
In 2003, Joanne Koenig Coste’s amazing book, Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s was published for the first time. And though some books get sorely outdated in a decade’s time, this is […]
A Husband Dies
She had spent the vast majority of her life with this man. In fact, it was hard for her to remember a time that she wasn’t married to him. Almost all of her life she had been in relationship with him and now he was […]
Ok, so you are a professional. A professional nurse. A professional hospice aide. A professional chaplain. A professional Social Worker. A professional…(you fill in the blank). And as a professional, you’ve undoubtedly been told the indisputable truth that if you don’t keep healthy boundaries with […]
If you are like most, you are probably reading this in private so no one will know what you are reading…especially the one you are caring for. Because if you are like most caregivers of Hospice patients, there is an inherent guilt that swarms around […]
My emotions were raw. Just a few days before, my wife and I watched the eyes of the ultrasound technician grow big and her mannerisms grow cold. We knew then that something was wrong with our first child. The technician hurried out of the room […]