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May: The Unusually Difficult Month

For the bereaved parent, May is frequently the cruelest month. The month of May offers the rest of the world a promise of another carefree summer, swimming, family vacations, relaxation, reading, cook-outs and picnics, trips to the lake and so…

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As the Heart Remembers Spring

Some will be remembered For their fortunes or their fame, And some will be remembered For the naming of a name. But you will be remembered As the heart remembers spring, As the mind remembers beauty, And the soul each…

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Helping Others Help You: Ten Rules for Self-Healing

Tell friends to call you often. Explain that after the first couple of months you‟ll need their calls. Tell your friends to make a specific date with you; none of this “we must get together for lunch”. Remind them that…

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The Robin’s Song

It’s spring once again. Our part of the world is turning back towards the sun; trees are leafing out; wildflowers are blooming. Robins are again singing to one another. And, I believe, also singing to those who are grieving. Before…

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Easter and Passover

EASTER AND PASSOVER The Easter and Passover seasons are upon us. They are special family times that make it more obvious that one is missing. Some parents are struggling with what they believe. The pretty dresses and hats don’t seem…

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Getting the Love Back in Your Life

Every year I like to take a survey of where I stand on my love meter. Am I on the high or the low side this year? How is my relationship with my husband, Phil? With my daughters and their…

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The Gift of Someone Who Listens

Those of us who have traveled a while Along this path called grief Need to stop and remember that mile, That first mile of no relief. It wasn’t the person with answers Who told us of ways to deal. It…

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The Holidays are Behind Us

It is the new year. The holidays are behind us. We did with them what we could. Whether they were a time of sorrow, a time of joy, or a combination of each, they are now a part of our…

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