Tag Archives: dying

Forgiving our parents: It’s crucial to our well-being (Part 1)

I wanted to re-share this great 2-part post written by Susan Avello. Most parents love their children desperately. There is not much that a mother or father is not willing to do in an effort to love, nurture and protect … Continue reading

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Lessons from Morrie: Learning to appreciate the little things

Great blog post by Susan Avello.  Thought I would re-share. A moving tale of an old man’s last months of life and the old student who returns for his last lesson. Tuesdays with Morrie is the story of “an old … Continue reading

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For Aunt Josie

On Thursday, September 26, 2013 my Aunt, whom I had been caring for over the past few years, passed away.  I felt moved to share excerpts from the eulogy I gave at her funeral. The majority of my childhood memories … Continue reading

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Wrinkles, Memory Loss and Erectile Dysfunction

Every time I turn on the TV I see a commercial for yet another thing I need to be concerned about as I age.  Wrinkles, weight gain, memory loss, chaotic hormones and even thinning eyelashes (not to mention the distressing … Continue reading

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What you focus on Expands

A phrase shared by Stedman Graham during his presentation at the 2008 Aging In America conference was: “What you focus on expands”. The phrase instantly brought to mind my friend Holly who had been diagnosed with a rare form of … Continue reading

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Support for End-of-Life

“People I know who have gone on hospice only lived 2 weeks”.  This was what my step-mother said when we discussed hospice as a care option after the cancer in her lungs had increased in size during her chemo treatment.  … Continue reading

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Coping with Loss – Twice

Having worked in geriatric health care for over 20 years and having facilitated hundreds of caregiver support groups, I have become aware of a somewhat universal phenomenon associated with Alzheimer’s caregivers which I have termed the “double death”.  (I tried … Continue reading

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