Mourning the Past While Living in the Present

Last night I fell asleep trying to piece together the fragments of a memory. It was a summer evening at a public park.  Actually I guess maybe it was a community amphitheater of some sort because I remember my father was performing on the stage, although I can’t remember what or why.  My mother sat on …


Celebrities Speaking Up About Grief: Vol. 11

For those of you who have been holding your breath, waiting for our next installment of our Celebrities Speaking Up About Grief series, my deepest apologies.  I know, I know.  There is no excuse for letting 4 months pass between celeb posts.  But until I see something that really grabs me, sometimes these posts get …

one day at a time

One Day At A Time: more than just a grief cliche

Recently on our social media I posted the following quote by Patti Davis: “It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab a hold of life and let it pull you forward.”  I get really annoyed at the zillions of quote images all over the internet, so I am very selective about the …


Understanding Avoidance in Grief

Avoidance is an important concept for grievers to understand.  Some of you may remember we briefly touched on this subject when we discussed avoidance coping vs. taking a break from grief.  Although this post made an important distinction, it didn’t seek to explain avoidance and the ways in which this type of coping might impact one’s experience and behavior …


Dear Love: Healing Through Writing Letters

A letter from the influential physicist, Richard Feynman, to his high-school sweetheart and wife, Arline Feynman.   [From Letters of Note] Sigh.  This letter was written 16 months after Arline died of tuberculosis at the age of 25.  The letter remained sealed in an envelope until after Richard Feynman’s death in 1988. How many of …

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