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 …

Clichés of Grief – fumbling how and what to say

This is probably the most overwhelming part for a supporter. Are there really any words to share with someone who is suffering from the loss of a loved one? Of course we can come up with what we think are comforting words, but the majority of us fumble on what to say and how to embrace a friend or family member who is in pain. Why is it so hard? Because the person you are Read More …

The Connection Remains Forever

What should I do with all the family photographs? How can I share my father’s legacy with my children and grandchildren? How do I remain connected with my mom after her passing? Where can I go besides the cemetery to spend time with my sister? Creating a memorial honoring your loved one is a great way to keep their spirit alive, giving your yearnings for a connection an outlet and allowing friends and family to Read More …

It Takes a Village: Transcending Fatherhood

Written by Gretchen Kodanaz The first time my adoptive father, Taner, tried to teach me a lesson was over some green peppers that had made their way into a pile on the side of my plate. I was five years old with classically frustrating picky-eater syndrome and I didn’t want those green peppers. But being the new father figure in the previously single parent household, Taner was set on proving a point: I was not Read More …

Graduation: The present and the un-present

An exciting time of the year as we watch the next generation of graduates walk proudly with their caps & gowns graduating from pre-school, elementary school, middle school, high school and college. The commencement ceremonies and celebration are full of excitement, anticipation and the thrill of the next step in life. As the name itself suggests, it is a time for new beginnings. The anxious uncovering of what is around the corner and the fond Read More …