Author Archives: Eleanor

Coping with Self-Doubt in the New Year

This morning Litsa and I ran our usual Thursday morning workshop at an emergency shelter in Baltimore City.  We’ve been visiting this particular shelter for almost three years now, so from start to finish our visits have become pretty routine.  We come, we put out coffee and donuts, a handful of residents turn up to eat and drink …

We Remember in 2016: Reader Remembrance Gallery

Litsa and I thought about writing an obligatory New Years post.  Maybe ‘Top ten posts to motivate you in 2017‘ or ‘WYG’s most popular posts of 2016’ or something like that.  We thought about it, we brainstormed, but we didn’t feel inspired.  If you really really want New Years posts, we’ve written them in the past. Here are our favorite two: …

Hang in there…

We want to take a minute (really, this will only take a minute) to remind you to hang in there. Hang in there when you struggle through making their favorite, most special recipe. Hang in there when you hear that song that reminds you of them and always makes you cry. Hang in there when you have one …

Eight Step Plan for Mastering Grief (and other important nuances)

William Shakespeare once said, “Well, everyone can master a grief but he that has it.” Now this may have been true in 1598, but that was before WYG’s ‘Eight Step Plan for Mastering Grief’! Read on grief friends and you will see that we have demystified and distilled the ever confusing experience of life after …

How to Support a Grieving Family Member or Friend: 6 Principles

It’s common to feel anxious and intimidated in the “grief support” role. This is one of the reasons why otherwise caring people sometimes say hurtful, minimizing, or unhelpful things to their bereaved loved ones and why they sometimes avoid their grieving friends and family members altogether.  Hopefully, if nothing else, all of you reading this after …

Talking to Kids About Death and Grief: 10 Comprehensive Tips

If you came here looking for a script for talking to your child about death and grief, I’m sorry, we can’t give you one. Your child is an individual and your situation is unique, so what you say and do will depend on a number of different factors. But here’s some good news: (1) As a …


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