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7 Ways to Survive Valentine’s Day

As I am sure you are well aware, it’s Valentine’s Day week.  If you didn’t notice it was coming, the hearts, glitter, pink and purple streamers, and I love you balloons probably gave it away. While Valentine’s Day is a cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance, for many it is a painful reminder of the loss of love or the absence of love. If this ...

10 Years After Her Death…

Today is January 5th, 2018. To many it’s just an ordinary day. To me it marks 10 years since the most life changing moment of my life, my mom’s death. It is 10 years of figuring out who I am without my mom. It is 10 anniversaries of her death, 10 birthdays, my wedding, my Dad’s wedding, my brother’s wedding, 1 niece, 2 children of ...

Are you the worst you during the holidays?

Are you the same person you were 10 years ago? I doubt it. While we are in our essence the same as we were when we were two years old, we are also constantly evolving. I don’t know about you, but when I am with my family (particularly during the holidays) I tend to revert back to old behaviors and patterns. If you are dreading ...

What not to say during the holidays!

Even with all the holiday cheer, the holidays can be rough. As we approach the end of the year, it is normal to reflect on all that has happened, good and bad. While there is so much to be grateful for, 2017 has been devastating for many. From mass shootings, to fires and floods, to loss of loved ones and divorces, it seems like tragedy is inescapable. Of course ...

Can Having a Baby Be a Grieving Experience?

I am 38 weeks pregnant, and while I am excited to welcome a baby boy into our family, I am also scared. Do you remember the definition of grief from The Grief Recovery Institute that I have shared with you time and time again? “The conflicting feelings that come at the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.” Not the bad, sad, terrible feelings… ...

When It Hurts So Much…

Does it feel like we are constantly being bombarded with bad news? Where should we donate our time, energy and money when there is just one thing after another? Do you help with Harvey, Irma, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, or the fires in California? And what about your own personal hardships or those of your friends and family? I had a great interview with meditation expert ...

Know Your Audience

One of the foundational principles in Grief Recovery work is that we don’t compare losses because as we say in the coaching world, compare leads to despair.  When comparing losses no one wins. If I say, “mine is worse than yours,” it can diminish what you have shared often leaving you feeling smaller, less than, or unimportant. If I say, “yours is the worst,” I ...