Hear with your ears and listen with your heart

After the loss of my husband, I was consistently asked “What can I do to help?”  Such a sincere and thoughtful ask from those around me, but all I could do was just walk in circles.  I could only look around at my house and look down at my 2-year-old daughter, who was barely knee-high; and while there was so much that needed attention, I could not even begin to think of what an outsider Read More …

Being the One and Only Parent

Not much changes in twenty-five years when you are faced with an untimely death of a spouse and forced to raise your children as an only parent. Sheryl Sandberg has recently shared with the media the pain of being an only parent, caring for her children who suddenly lost their father and facing the judgments of society that many of us unfortunately have experienced first-hand a long time ago. Being the one and only parent Read More …

The Ultimate Bucket List – love, life and the bottom of the world

The term “bucket list” is not new; the concept has been around for years. The notion provides an opportunity for individuals to create a list of personal goals they would like to achieve before their death, a wish list of obsessions, activities and adventures to undertake in one’s lifetime before one “kicks the bucket.” For most, a bucket list continues to evolve over time as life offers opportunities, new learning experiences and the desire to Read More …

Re-entry into the workplace following a loss

Truly how does the workplace fit into the equation of a griever rebuilding a daily routine while sorting through the emotions following the death of a loved one?  Is it best to dive into work responsibilities allowing the mind to be occupied by tasks and deadlines or would it be best to stay home and take care of the endless list of to-do’s?  The answer is finding a balance, which most likely will be a Read More …

Taking charge when a crisis occurs

What is a crisis? It is anything that changes an individual’s emotional or physical path. Isn’t that just about everything that happens to us on a daily basis? For some, a crisis is treated as an emergency whereas for others, the same crisis is just a bump-in-the-road. In either case, one thing is certain: crisis events change the trajectory of our lives. Typically we consider death, illness, injury, loss of job, divorce, and natural disasters Read More …