Taking Care of You First

Family Caregiving is by far the most demanding and complicated responsibility one can experience—the caregiver must be “the jack of all traits yet the master of none.” Family caregiver is a person who provides non-professional, unpaid care for an ill or aging family member. Family caregivers may find the need to care for a loved one at an unexpected time in their lives following an accident or diagnosis of a serious illness at a young Read More …

The Old Fashioned Telephone

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 provided answers. At the time we used the telephone to inform families that school was cancelled due to snow, or that Read More …

The Holiday Season

For some reason we all have embedded in our minds that once Thanksgiving arrives it is time to increase the level of stress we place on ourselves. No matter what type of planning we do for the holiday season, we all tend to let the gift giving and the changes in daily schedule and family dynamics affect our holiday season. Couple that with grieving the loss of a loved one, and it is enough to Read More …

Sorting through the Keepsakes

Just when you think you have endured all the pain and suffering a human could tolerate following the death of a loved one, a new daunting task lurks around the corner. What to do with all the personal belongings? The quick answer is — do nothing right now unless you have to. Why? Making decisions too soon can lead to regret and disappointment in the future. As you begin your new grief journey, wondering what Read More …

No Language for Loss – by Ellie Miller Greenberg

NO LANGUAGE FOR LOSS by Ellie Miller Greenberg 8/17/14 [written for Nancy Nowak on the death of her mother, 102 years old, Bernice K. Cohen: 1912-2014] We have no Language for loss; And every loss is different… Some sudden, Some after long and painful illness, Some too early. Some late in a long life. Losing a lifelong partner Is different from Losing a mother, Is different from Losing a father, Is different from Losing a Read More …