In Grief: Finding New Love After The Death of A Spouse

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A reader writes: I have insight into my growth through grief these past 2 years. At first it was a tight shell around me, I couldn't let anyone in. Now it's a softer cocoon. I empathize with newly bereaved in a way I never got before. I sit, I'm patient, I listen.

I feel room in my heart for a new life partner while maintaining my connection with my deceased husband. How did I get here? I met a guy, a widower, he gets it! He gets me. I get him. It's new, I'm hopeful. I miss my deceased husband daily and I'm "in like" with a new man. I have room in my heart yet it feels awkward -- and hopeful.

Caregiving and Hospice, January 24 - January 30, 2016

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

Doesn't Hospice Really Kill People? http://j.mp/1Vxhi2c « HuffPost 50

A Moment of Death Guide, http://j.mp/1NAAl5T « Barbara Karnes, RN

“The Music of My Life”: A Life Review Through Music, http://j.mp/204IKLD « National Hospice Foundation

Understanding and Managing Grief, January 24 - January 30, 2016

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

8 Things To Remember When Everything Is Going Wrong, http://j.mp/1nv7dYy « Medical Health News

'Shouldn't You Be Over That by Now?' How to Respond to Judgment on Your Grieving Process http://j.mp/1KI5TH7 « HuffPost Healthy Living

Crazy with Grief, http://j.mp/1Kb7ESc « What to Say When Someone Dies

Coping with Pet Loss, January 24 - January 30, 2016

Best selection from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

Helping People After an Animal Companion Dies, http://j.mp/1SaWQ9X « GriefPerspectives

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Voices of Experience: The Weight of Things Un-named (on Where to Go with the Heavy Things)

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by Joel McKerrow

When nothing makes sense anymore I turn to the ocean and to the river. I have found that grief is a grindstone and so is the ocean.

My friend had twins in 2015, one of them drastically sick. She has spent most of his five months with him in hospital. On New Year’s day he stopped breathing. The ambulance came, rushed him again to the hospital. I do not know what will happen with the little boy. Neither does she. What a way to start the new year. She told me that it is, “hard to know where to go with these experiences”. I wholeheartedly agreed. No words.

Caregiving and Hospice, January 17 - January 23, 2016

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

When the Body Says No -- Caring for ourselves while caring for others, http://j.mp/1QpEsbm « YouTube

Please, Ask Me a Question, http://j.mp/23jth9m « The Unprepared Caregiver

5 things you should know about Medicare's new end-of-life discussions, http://j.mp/1PJcyT4 « PBS NewsHour

Understanding and Managing Grief, January 17 - January 23, 2016

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

'You are not here, and I miss you...Still,' http://j.mp/1Qq6Av3 « Soaring Spirits International

David Bowie and the Rise of the Grief Police, http://j.mp/1QpBzaP « The Atlantic

Seven Steps to Decuttering Your Grief: The Spark Joy Approach, http://j.mp/1Qhc3CC « Open to Hope

Pet Loss: Deciding When to Bury The Body

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Even out of unspeakable grief, beautiful things take wing. ~ A.R. Torres

A reader writes: I hope you don't mind if I vent to you, since I feel so very safe in your caring heart, and I'm just falling apart here lately, so need that professional and personal understanding only someone like you can give.

I’ve just returned from a two-week trip with my dear husband, who went all-out in planning our get-away, knowing how down I was about the death of [my cat]. I'd hoped this trip would somewhat rejuvinate me before I had to plan for the first anniversary of her death, and likely burial on the same day. But I'm finding I'm still not feeling at all ready to give up her body, even now.

Caregiving and Hospice, January 10 - January 16, 2016

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

Physician-assisted suicide is not a failure of palliative care, http://j.mp/1OowLQn « Canadian Family Physician

Navigating Hospice Care with a Reluctant Caregiver, http://j.mp/1P5kUdu « Pallimed

My Right to Die: Assisted Suicide, My Family, and Me, http://j.mp/1OTEwzf « Mother Jones

Understanding and Managing Grief, January 10 - January 16, 2016

Thanks to my colleagues for these
Kudos for Grief Healing on Social Media This Week:


Twitter: "9 Best Twitter Feeds for Grief and Loss," http://j.mp/1PtIKd4 « Walker Funeral Home, @WalkerCares

Grief Healing Blog: "A vote for the fantastic site Grief Healing as Best Health Blog!" http://j.mp/1JVkEbn « ADEC Headquarters ‏@ADECnews

Facebook: #FollowFriday @2healthylife @GriefHealing @ElaineMansfiel7 for being top influencers in my community this week :) « @BarbaraKarnesRN

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:
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