In Grief: Coping with Mom’s Toxic Behavior

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We can say what we need to say. We can gently, but assertively, speak our mind. We do not need to be judgmental, tactless, blaming or cruel when we speak our truths.  ~ Melody Beattie

A reader writes: I'm having a hard time with my mom. My parents have been divorced for 20 years and frankly, my mom couldn’t stand my dad and often said so. She got a new boyfriend right when my dad died. In fact she introduced me to him while I was throwing up in her bathroom from the grief of my dad’s death two days earlier. She told me the day before the funeral that my dad was in hell. She rolls her eyes if I cry in front of her. I tried to talk to her about how much I needed her and she said I was an adult with my own kids, and I don’t need her. 

Caregiving and Hospice, July 17 - July 23, 2016

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

The Company We Keep, http://j.mp/2afEliU «  The Unprepared Caregiver

Mindfulness Prayer to Begin IDT Meetings, http://j.mp/29IeM7H «  Pallimed

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

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

Father Loss: How I Healed After Heartbreaking Loss by Facing the Grief, http://j.mp/2a5tFSb « Maria Shriver

How Do You Memorialize Your Loved One’s Belongings? http://j.mp/2a81Njl « SevenPonds Blog

On surviving, 7 years later, http://j.mp/2amiHfY « Refuge In Grief

Coping with Pet Loss, July 17 - July 23, 2016

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

5 Things This Tech Wishes You Knew Before Euthanizing, http://j.mp/2a3hFAS « Dr. Andy Roark

PetLoss: When A "Pocket Pet" Dies, http://j.mp/2a34wd0 « Grief Healing

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Pet Loss: When A "Pocket Pet" Dies

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A person's a person, no matter how small.  ~ Dr. Seuss

A reader writes: I had a sweet, loving Guinea pig for over three years. Her name was Pippin. She would cuddle up on my lap almost every night and squeal happy squeals and stand up on her hind legs when I walked into the room. We had been taking care of our son's dog for three weeks. The dog was blind and had many maladies, but was so sweet, always wagging his tail. When my son returned last Friday, the dog had developed a huge hematoma on his ear. My son couldn't afford the vet bills so he was going to put the dog down the next day, last Saturday. We said we would adopt the dog and take care of the vet bills so we cancelled the noon euthanasia appointment. About 4 hours later we left to run errands. That was our mistake, that I am feeling so guilty for.

Caregiving and Hospice, July 10 - July 16, 2016

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

How We Used to Die; How We Die Now, http://bit.ly/29D3gio « Exopermaculture

10 Things Seniors Should Know About Hospice, http://j.mp/29CEGOW « US News

10 Commandments of Alzheimer's Caregiving, http://j.mp/29POi9G « Alzheimer's Reading Room

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

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

About Grief, http://j.mp/29Y0xOY « Personal Growth and Grief Support Center

Getting Through Those Triggers! http://j.mp/29D9ivS « Open to Hope

Stopping Traffic For Grief, http://j.mp/29IKtlm « Huffington Post

Coping with Pet Loss, July 10 - July 16, 2016

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

Why I Hid My Grief After My Cat Died, http://bit.ly/29WXI3p « Love Lives On

Pet Bereavement Is No Different Than Human Bereavement, http://j.mp/29vSiGO « HuffPost Living

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In Grief: Mourning the Loss of A Friend

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The bond between friends cannot be broken by chance; no interval of time or space can destroy it. Not even death itself can part true friends.  ~ St. John Cassian

A reader writes: A while ago I lost my good friend in a tragic car accident. We had just talked the day before. I had called him to warn him about the storm warnings we had in our area and he told me he would call me back that evening but I didn’t hear from him. I tried calling him all the next day and into the evening but still did not get him. I thought something was off, but I never dreamed I would be getting the news I would be hearing the following day.

Caregiving and Hospice, June 19 - July 9, 2016

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream:

Take the Quiz: Is Palliative Care Right for You? http://bit.ly/29EevVT « Get Palliative Care

Against Euphemisms - Part 1 - Comfort Care, http://j.mp/29HemDy « Pallimed

Please Don't Talk About Aging!!! http://j.mp/29H3NjS « GeriPal
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