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 …

Looking through a different prism

For 20+ years I have provided guidance to companies and Employee Assistant Programs (EAPs) in support of grieving employees returning to work after a significant loss and/or supporting co-workers who are navigating the loss of one of their own peers. In either case, the emotional reaction to the loss sets off challenges for both the grievers and the company.  Employees often feel their company doesn’t show compassion for their loss and the new challenges in their Read More …

Myths of Grief

I was one of them, the people who truly did not understand the impact that a significant loss had on the survivor’s well-being and their ability to understand the magnitude of the forever-changing world that is presented to a griever following the loss.  I was the one that fumbled on what to say or what to do. If my memory serves me right, I probably was the one that avoided the situation as I did not Read More …

Fourteen 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 …

Remembering the LIFE not the LOSS this holiday season

Every year as soon as Halloween arrives we are thrown into the holiday season inundated with joyful music, holiday gift lists, delicious foods and family gatherings. It’s truly an exciting time of year as the snow begins to fall in the northern states and many flock to the warm states to embrace their traditions of the holiday season. For some, this year might be plagued with emotional turmoil as your traditions have been derailed by Read More …