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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…

I Believe, by John Pete No Comments

I believe I will see my loved ones again and it is that, among other things, which allows me to heal and gives me the courage to journey forward. I believe there is a profound reason for life and death beyond our current understanding. I believe that moving forward creates opportunities for spiritual growth, and…

The Old Fashioned Telephone No Comments

When my husband passed away, there was no internet, text messaging or cell phones; however there was internal email. I was saddened to learn that my employees read about his death in an email rather than being informed by a considerate phone call. I am sure they had questions and direct interaction could have…

Death Changes Every Thing, by John Pete No Comments

Laughter becomes a sad echo of days gone by and happy memories fade to painful reminders of what can never be again. The glistening morning dew goes unnoticed. Blue jays and butterflies flutter by, their beauty muted by these darker things. Sunshine burns hot against the face but no longer warms the heart. Sleep…