Please don’t try to fix me

Several months after the sudden death of my 32-year-old husband, the subtle hints from my friends, family and co-workers appeared – suggesting the time had come for me to get out more socially, begin sorting through his personal belongings and find the smile I once had.  The more they pressed the more I distanced myself from them and the message they were sending to me – “the time has come for me to move on.” Read More …

Our CEO died, now what?

One of the most dreaded impacts on a company is to experience the death of its leader.  The loss creates a complex situation, has tremendous bearing on the employees, clients and stakeholders and will ultimately alter the rhythm of the company. While leaders come and go in companies due to performance or illness – untimely deaths send shock waves throughout the ranks.  Unlike a prolonged illness where succession planning can take place, a CEO’s sudden Read More …

The fulfillment of a promise

As a mom, I could never imagine the pain and lifelong suffering of losing a child, regardless of the child’s age. The death is out of normal sequence and an experience many of you are sadly familiar with. Others find it impossible to imagine, as the fear of those thoughts are paralyzing. Twenty-three years ago my husband passed away suddenly. In the fog of the first week of him passing, I had my first heart-to-heart Read More …

Defining Memorial Day

Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, originating after the American Civil War to remember those who died as Confederate and Union soldiers. The occasion was expanded in the 20th century to include fallen heroes from all branches of the armed forces. As Americans, we observe the holiday annually the last Monday of May. For many of us we consider the weekend the official kick-off of summer, filled with sun and fun. For the families of Read More …

‘Tis the season for weddings – without our loved one’s physical presence

Life has its own beat. People are born and people die; however nothing prepares us for the emotional toll of continuing life without a special loved one after they have passed away — especially when the next family milestone occurs and we wish for our loved one to be physically joining us. Regardless of their age, cause of death, milestone occasion or family dynamics, the loved one is missed in so many ways that are Read More …