Caregiving and Hospice, December 14 - December 20, 2014

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

Outstanding interview with author Stan Goldberg on his newest book, "I Have Cancer," aimed at caregivers http://j.mp/1sL1Kcs

Midwives for the Dying, http://j.mp/JVeGfZ « The Atlantic

Palliative Care: It’s About Easing Suffering, http://j.mp/16zsuIz « U.S.News and World Report

Understanding and Managing Grief, December 14 - December 20, 2014

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

On stillbirth: Beyond Closure with Nancy Berns at TEDxDesMoines, http://j.mp/1zhyEZO  « YouTube

Parent Loss: Continuing Their Song, http://j.mp/Y5m9J4 « Grief Healing Blog

In Grief: Responding to "How Are You?" http://j.mp/HlUWks « Grief Healing Blog

When Words Matter: Tips On Writing A Condolence Letter

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We're all so busy these days . . . There is no time to reflect, refuel, and find what is deep within us and makes us human. That is what writing does and why it feels so good. When you put a pen to paper, words spill out. Words from inside you that you didn't even know were there. Wonderful words, with meaning.  ~Florence Isaacs

A reader writes: Hello, I would like to know if you could assist me in writing a letter of condolence.

My response: I think this is a very important question, and I commend you for asking it. With our busy lifestyles nowadays, electronic communication alternatives such as social media, smart phones, texting and email have made letter-writing seem like such a daunting task for so many of us, if not a forgotten art altogether. Yet in times of sorrow, few things are more appreciated than a handwritten note, which can be held and saved by the recipient, and read over and over again.

Caregiving and Hospice, December 7 - December 13, 2014

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

Facts About Senior Care Costs, http://j.mp/1zjE97P « Caring.com

Conscious Living and Dying: What Really Matters ~ Presentation by Karen Wyatt, MD, http://j.mp/16juDrN « SlideShare

How to Be A Good Friend to Someone With Cancer, http://j.mp/1DchqQ3 « What Next

Understanding and Managing Grief, December 7 - December 13, 2014

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

Grief Healing: Resources for Young Widow(er)s http://j.mp/1nQhHP0 « Grief Healing Blog

Helping Another in Grief, by Grief Counselor Marty Tousley, http://j.mp/1zjbhwj « Healing eBooks

Finding Christmas and Peace after the Death of a Child, http://j.mp/1zKF5Dk « Open to Hope

Coping with Pet Loss, December 7 - December 13, 2014

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

Pope Francis Says There’s a Place for Pets in Paradise, http://j.mp/1wME1zR « TIME

Beautiful! On Losing a Dog,  http://j.mp/1Ghfdz2 « Marking Our Territory

"This Sweet Man Just Lost His Beloved Dog. What He Wrote Afterwards Completely Destroyed Me," http://j.mp/1AfGAr0 « Reshareworthy

Pet Loss: Cat With FIV Euthanized Too Soon ~ Guilt Follows

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Only good people feel guilty.  ~ Rule 56, The Rules of Life by Richard Templar

A reader writes: For the last several months, I have been feeding a stray cat who started living in my yard. Since I already have two cats, I decided I’d try to find him a home, but if I couldn’t, I would take him as well. I bought an insulated kitty house and pet bed, and put out food for him in the yard every night. For the last few weeks, after work I would go straight to the yard and pet and play with him. He was very sweet and I got very attached to him. My friend said he would try to take him in, and we agreed that if it didn’t work out (he has one other cat) I would take him myself. As I drove the cat over to my friend’s house last night, he was crying and scared, but I kept reassuring him, "Don't be afraid buddy, I'm taking you to your wonderful, loving, warm new forever home." My friend called me this morning, crying hysterically and saying he’d just had the cat put to sleep.

Caregiving and Hospice, November 30 - December 6, 2014

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

Doctors Tell All—and It’s Bad, http://j.mp/1rYEgWB « The Atlantic

As Palliative Care’s Importance Grows, UCSF Nursing Expands Training, http://j.mp/1z5zkQj « UCSF

A New Way to Love: Spouses Become Caregivers as Alzheimer's Progresses, http://j.mp/1yUwaxQ « Deseret News

Understanding and Managing Grief, November 30 - December 6, 2014

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

Getting Through What You Can't Get Over, http://j.mp/129Op6C « Ezine Articles

My Mother's Appetite, http://j.mp/1vqa0yz « The Manifest-Station

Lou LaGrand: Developing a Routine for Refocusing Attention When Mourning, http://j.mp/12s9xEV « Ezine Articles

Coping with Pet Loss, November 30 - December 6, 2014

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

Mourning a pet isn’t what it used to be, http://j.mp/1z3cUz4 « The Boston Globe

Goodbye, Bear, http://j.mp/1pICpUr « Huff Post Green
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