Grief and Loss Blog

Sorting through the Keepsakes No Comments

Just when you think you have endured all the pain and suffering a human could tolerate following the death of a loved one, a new daunting task lurks around the corner. What to do with all the personal belongings? The quick answer is — do nothing right now unless you have to. Why? Making decisions too soon can lead…

The Journey of Grief No Comments

There are no experts on grief, and that includes me. As I often say in these blogs, “Grief is as unique as a finger print,” so no one can be an expert about any grief other than their own. Most of what I know about grief comes from the stories people tell about their unique journey. I am here to just report on the…

Why not? No Comments

“Why not” – two simple words that mean so much. While recently visiting my aging father-in-law, he used the expression many times responding to both simple and complex questions. I pondered his reply to determine if the response was a quick, standard answer to eliminate the need to consider my question or was there…

The Questions of Grief: Am I Normal? No Comments

One of the nicest compliments I have ever received was told me second hand. A funeral director, whose firm sends ourContinuing Care Series to the families they serve, told of a rather large and gruff man whose wife had died. The funeral director hesitated before sending the books thinking someone like this guy…