You are fortunate

The English language offers many words with multiple interpretations of their definition based on context, usage and point of reference.  Words that have similar definitions often convey different emotional responses to those who hear or read the word. None of this is new; however, I am amazed by how any two people can interpret the same comment differently causing varied reactions.  We see this play out time and again in a family or friend text 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 …

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 …

‘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 …