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Coping with Loss during the Holidays

The Hallmark movies always conclude with some type of Christmas miracle and joy for the characters in the story, however; in real life many people are experiencing unimaginable grief and loss during this holiday season. The journey of grief seems … Continue reading

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The Grief Journey

Many people I’ve spoken with about grief think that there is a “time of mourning”. This would suggest a beginning as well as an end. I believe that grief is a journey that has no end date, it simply changes … Continue reading

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In Loving Memory of Tillie Cutler

July 9th my mother-in-law passed away. She was an amazing woman whom I admired tremendously.  Though she had humble beginnings and she and her husband often struggled to make ends meet during their family rearing years, all of her children … 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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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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Now What?

I had the privilege of caring for my Aunt in the final years of her life.  My duties included: coordinating doctor appointments, rehab and home care, managing her medications, as well as personally assisting with some of her physical care.  … 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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She’s Really Gone

The other day I had one of those moments when I realized that my Aunt Josie was dead.  I was cleaning the front room of our house and noticed a picture of us taken at my first book signing after … Continue reading

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What I Really Want for Christmas

As it is every year, my Mom will call and ask what I want for Christmas.  She is an amazing and generous person and having her for a Mom has spoiled me since childhood.  Each year I would share certain … Continue reading

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Turkey Talk Wednesday

Author and National Speaker Sue Salach share her thoughts on enjoying time with family this Thanksgiving

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CaregiverLife Radio – Coping with Loss, The Grief Journey

Grief is something we will all experience at some point in our life.  Whether the loss of a job, home, relationship or the death of a loved one, grief is part of the human experience. Please join me today at … Continue reading

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Good Grief

Many people I’ve spoken with about grief think that there is a “time of mourning”. This would suggest a beginning as well as an end. I believe that grief is a journey that has no end date, it simply changes … Continue reading

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The Circle of Life

The irony of Saturday, April 05, 2008, is that it was this day that I both celebrated the birth of my beautiful God-daughter Mylee and attended the funeral of my close friend Holly. Holly had been diagnosed with stage 4 … Continue reading

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Perspective from the Rearview Mirror

It’s hard to believe that it’s January.  It feels like time speeds up as each year passes.  2011 was a year filled with so many trials and tragedy that, at times, I just wanted to curl up in the fetal position … Continue reading

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The science of timing

Timing – regulating occurrence to ensure maximum effect. I have been around those this year who have experienced many life changes, and especially death and heartache. I believe that if we understand by faith, that there’s a BIGGER PICTURE than what we currently see, … Continue reading

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The warm blanket of empathy

It’s been said that “Someone doesn’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”. I had a friend call me a few nights ago; she lost her husband to cancer last year and the night she … Continue reading

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Caregiving and dealing with tragedy

For some reason I am reminded of my Grandfather, who actually was no relation to me other than through marriage. Yet even still, was my Grandfather. He was a simple man who was accepting, loving, kind and generous. He always … Continue reading

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