Flesh and Fur: Losing a pet is just as painful

Upon returning to work following the sudden death of my 32-year-old husband, I ran into a co-worker in the hallway. During our first interaction since the untimely death, I was expecting an awkward hug (personal versus professional interaction) and the usual comments – “Sorry for your loss;” “We will all miss Rod;” “Is there anything I can do to help.” Instead, I was dumbfounded when the first words he shared were, “I know exactly what Read More …

Current and Relevant

You might wonder how these words relate to those who are experiencing a personal crisis or grieving the loss of someone they loved. Being current exemplifies belonging to the present time and relevant is defined as being closely connected to the matter at hand. Therefore, “current and relevant” means living in the present and being applicable to life. As forward thinking as most of us are with the abundance of electronic devices at our finger Read More …

Rachel, are you over your loss?

For years, I have pondered the true meaning of that question. Why would someone who loves, cares or respects my wisdom ask that question? Clearly they have not experienced a significant loss because if they had that question would never be asked. Twenty- three years ago my young husband passed away suddenly from arrhythmia leaving me with a 2 year-old daughter to raise. While our daughter is grown living in NYC, I am happily remarried, Read More …

Embracing challenging people in the workplace

What is it about the workplace that creates behavioral expectation different than those in our personal life?  Can we truly ignore our emotional reaction to the perceived way a co-worker or manager treats us?   Would we want to remove an emotional response or incorporate it for improving communication and teamwork?  What is the balance between being challenging versus being disruptive? Last month I had the opportunity to present a lunch and learn program to a Read More …

Climbing out of the ruts

A new year, a chance to close the chapters of 2015 – both the good and difficult times that occurred, some in our control and others that fell our way. For most of us, the challenges of health, aging, personal direction and the feeling of loneliness force us into ruts, losing the ability to maneuver our way in the most direct and passionate way. In my book, Living with Loss, One Day at a Time I Read More …