Self-Help

May 8, 2015
Mother’s Day Without Mom

Mother’s Day Without Mom

Mother’s Day without Mom, it changes everything. What do you do? How do you “celebrate” the day? It is my mom’s first Mother’s Day without her […]
February 12, 2015
Grieving Non-Death Losses

Grieving Non-Death Losses

Last year I attended a conference where the topic of a panel was the significance of grief connected to non-death losses. The researchers focused their sites […]
December 17, 2014
Handling the Holidays: Adjusting to the Loss

Handling the Holidays: Adjusting to the Loss

For some of you, this is not the first holiday where you will be missing people you love. You “survived” the holidays last year but maybe […]
August 13, 2014
What to Tell Children About Funerals

What to Tell Children About Funerals

I was recently browsing through the new gift shop at Mission San Juan Capistrano, admiring the jewelry and slowly making my way to my favorite corner […]
May 29, 2014
Grief A Year Later … What Helped & What Didn’t

Grief A Year Later … What Helped & What Didn’t

I write in a journal to Lou (my husband) since he has been gone and it has been very therapeutic. When he was alive we talked […]
January 7, 2014
3 Things We Say at the Mortuary

3 Things We Say at the Mortuary

3 Things We Say at the Mortuary Photo Courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/BrianAJackson Usually when people think of the funeral profession they think about the sadness associated with […]
October 22, 2013
Saying Goodbye to “Amber

Saying Goodbye to “Amber, Pamber, Peaches, Pumpkin, Pie” & 5 Ways to Pay Tribute to Your Beloved Pet

I call my friend Betty my “California Mom”. We met over seven years ago serving together at church. One of many reasons we bonded immediately is […]
July 17, 2013
“Man Up”: Re-Defining How Men Grieve

“Man Up”: Re-Defining How Men Grieve

“Man Up”: Re-Defining How Men Grieve There is a scene in a movie I wish to describe. Two men are walking on a baseball diamond towards […]
May 22, 2013
Bringing Memories into the Future: Inspired by Mr. Gatsby

Bringing Memories into the Future: Inspired by Mr. Gatsby

“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” – The Wonder Years […]