Finding Love Again

When I married Rod, I made a commitment to myself and to him that I would only marry once –  he was the love of my life, my husband and my one-and-only.  I could never have imagined that anything in the future could break that commitment, the promise I had made to both of us.  Of course, nor could I have ever imagined that he would die at such a young age, leaving me as Read More …

14 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one

Valentine’s Day is often referred to the day of love, expressed with flowers, cards, special dinners and an abundance of red.  The origin is from Western Christianity marked as a day honoring saints named Valentinus.  In modern times, the holiday is a commercial celebration of love extending past romantic couples, celebrated by families and friends as a day of special love and giving.  For the fortunate, the day is met with flowers, chocolates, special dinners, Read More …

Let’s chat honestly about the holiday season

Is December really the most WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR? Some years most definitely yes, other years maybe not. This year might be an “off-year” for you or someone special on your holiday card and gift list who may be experiencing a challenge in their personal life due to a death, illness, travel constraint, deployment or financial issue. As a society, we tend to avoid people who are suffering during the perceived “joyful time” of Read More …

Is there a difference when a loss is sudden versus anticipatory?

For ten years, I facilitated a younger widow(er) group in Denver.  Each month we welcomed new members to a group they did not want to join yet voluntarily attended in an effort to make sense of their loss.  As I listened to the attendees share their stories, I learned that while their loss journeys were varied, the outcome was similar. Whether a sudden or anticipatory loss, the group lost their loved one and their perceived future Read More …

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 …