Bokeh from the lamp at night.

From Absence to Presence

  My father died in a car accident on Christmas Day, 1982, the day before my twenty-ninth birthday. The festivities I’d been eagerly awaiting were silenced by the flame of a yahrzeit memorial candle. How would life go on without him? On December 28th, almost thirty years later, I sat by my mother’s bedside singing…
Empty Chair and Holiday Grief

Empty Chair and Holiday Grief

My mother died in January 2001. She missed September 11th, the anthrax attack and the Patriot Act. She missed the news of the space shuttle Columbia disintegration, the capture of Saddam Hussein, and the death of Osama Bin Laden. She never saw my posts on Facebook or heard of Katrina, Irma or Ike. Sadly, she…
Black Rose Tear Drop |Grief Dialogues

I weep for you, for us, Momma

  It is our collective complacency that killed this calf. The mother holds her body and her little open mouth aloft for all to see and it breaks our hearts. She won’t let the little girl drop to the sea floor where we could pretend her birth into stillness didn’t happen. We don’t want to…
Robert J. Pohlmann at Wedding

Memorial Day: Sun Mixed with Rain

  Each year, around Memorial Day, I remember my father with love, grief, and a touch of anger. Dad served his country in Korea and later in Vietnam, Thailand, oh and in Cambodia (but shh! U.S. military was not there). My grief renews when I think of memories my sons will never make with their grandfather.…

Solace Club

SolaceClub, LLC offers care packages for those in grief. Each SolaceClub box is psychologist-curated and designed to help those in grief cope with their symptoms. SolaceClub, LLC is dedicated to improving how we support those in grief. On the company’s website, there are blogs devoted to ways in which people can better support the grieving…
Healing Grief- Writing a Letter to Deceased Love One

Writing A Letter to Your Deceased Loved One

Writing a letter to a deceased love one offers important therapy to heal grief.  Your grief is palpable.   You think of your deceased loved one and you can not imagine your days without him/her.  Perhaps you make an appointment with a therapist or MD.  You take the prescribed meds and follow your doctor’s advice to…
Be Brave: A Wife's Journey Through Caregiving

Be Brave: A Wife’s Journey Through Caregiving

by Florrie Munat Florrie Munat became her husband Chuck’s caregiver on the day he suffered a severe stroke. Any chances for his recovery were derailed when they learned that Chuck was suffering from Lewy body dementia. After that devastating news, Florrie and Chuck assumed their loving marriage had been shattered forever. But what happened next…
Vegas Strong

Vegas Strong

by Crystal Perkins, Jessica Arden, Paul Atreides and Joey Blue “Vegas Strong” is a collection of short stories of the drama that occurred in the city of Las Vegas. October 1, 2017. It’s a day the world will never forget, and the people of Las Vegas will always remember. One man committed an act of domestic terrorism on…
Love Letter and Rose

Attending the Funeral or Seeing Your Loved ONE LAST TIME?

Earlier this year, when my husband, Scott, and I visited his parents in their Chicago retirement home, I overheard two men talking about someone who just died. “You heard Jack died, right?” said one man. “Sure did,” said the man whose name I later learned was Jerry. “You going to the funeral in Florida?” Jerry…
There is No Good Card for This

There Is No Good Card for This: What To Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love

by Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell When someone you know is hurting, you want to let her know that you care. But many people don’t know what words to use — or are afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing. This thoughtful, instructive guide, from empathy expert Dr. Kelsey Crowe and greeting card maverick…

#meaningfulmonday on #advancecareplanning

Bay Area friends, I’m hosting @UCSF’s @bjmillermd and @ideo’s @shoshanaberger on 8/8 at the Salesforce Tower penthouse to talk about their new book, A Beginner’s Guide To The End. Join us! 👉🏼

Protecting our loved one's from loss can do a disservice to their grieving process. @JenPastiloff shares how honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to the end-of-life experience. via @ModernLoss

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