Monday, December 11, 2017

Voices of Experience: A Butterfly

Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.  ~ Eskimo Proverb

Anne Bardsley believes in angels. She is the author of Angel Bumps, Hello From Heaven, a collection of tender stories from those who've received signs from their departed loved ones, reassuring them that they are still near in spirit. In this excerpt, Anne describes the signs she's received from her own mom that inspired her to gather similar stories from others, all demonstrating her firm belief that while people die, love is eternal.

A week after my mom passed, I was driving to work in tears. The reality of her death sank in that morning. I felt like an orphan. All of the tears that I’d held inside to be strong at the funeral, let loose. I just needed to know she was in Heaven and at peace, without pain. I asked her for a sign to assure me. I felt a hand rest ever so lightly on my right cheek, and I smiled and said: “What the heck was that, Mom?”

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Caregiving and Hospice, December 3 - December 9, 2017

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

Pets, peace of mind, and the end of life, http://j.mp/2jdYOd0 « WRVO Public Media

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Understanding and Managing Grief, December 3 - December 9, 2017

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

Gratitude Amid Grief, http://j.mp/2BYJfgV « Grieve Well

A Very Brady Christmas (But Way More Complicated), http://j.mp/2BRjcHo « Modern Loss

Feeling Lonely and Isolated in Grief, http://j.mp/2BPgNgq « The Grief Toolbox

Monday, December 4, 2017

In Grief: Grandsons Affected by Traumatic Loss

Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.  ~ Fred Rogers

A reader writes: My grandsons ages 4 and 7 lost their mom in a tragic single-car accident in which she had been drinking. The night of the accident the babies stayed with a friend of theirs while their mommy went to a friend’s birthday party and when they woke up they had no mom. They were never allowed back in their home, and life as they knew it had simply vanished. The 4-year-old is now 5 and is acting so badly in kindergarten they are talking medication for ADHD—he told us how his mom died and is so-matter-of -fact that you can feel the anger in his voice. A year prior to her death her father (their best friend) died of a heart attack while the younger boy (then age 3) was with him. The 8-year-old acts as the caregiver and basically seems to have shut down. They have had two therapists now and they've both quit on them. Please help. They are so young to experience so much trauma.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Caregiving and Hospice, November 26 - December 2, 2017

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

The Emotions of the Dying, http://j.mp/2j7CcdP « Pallimed

Giving permission–the final gift – A "Dummies" Guide To Learning To Live As A Patient Instead Of A Nurse, http://j.mp/2j4BdLr « Autonomic RN

4 Tips for Caregivers of Someone with Serious Illness, http://bit.ly/2jvJO9F « Care Dimensions

Understanding and Managing Grief, November 26 - December 2, 2017

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

Grieving The Living: When your “lost” loved one is still alive, http://j.mp/2BDqIXe « HuffPost

What to Keep When Someone Dies, http://j.mp/2BlOFl5 « Modern Loss

Why does God let bad things happen to us? http://bit.ly/2Ae7EjZ « Terri Daniel on YouTube

Monday, November 27, 2017

Pet Loss: Delayed Grief

A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies.  ~ Alfred Tennyson

A reader writes: Hi, I found your website and thought that maybe you could explain something to me. I am 32 years old. I am married with two wonderful small children. I have a great life. I just found out from my parents that my rabbit, Precious, who died 13 years ago, did not pass away the way I had been told.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Caregiving and Hospice, November 19 - November 25, 2017

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

Care for the dying does not mean obstinately resisting death, pope says, http://j.mp/2jkOcYU « The Tablet

Why Does Earlier Hospice Care Improve the End of Life? http://j.mp/2jkYsAe « Seven Ponds Blog

How Older Patients Can Dodge Pitfalls Entrenched In Health Care System, http://j.mp/2A77lFR « Kaiser Health News

Understanding and Managing Grief, November 19 - November 25, 2017

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

Widower's Grief: Rituals of Community and Grief, http://j.mp/2jjwG7a « Widower's Grief

New online tool helps caregivers support children in times of grief, http://j.mp/2A4p7t3 « Cision

Voices of Experience: Love, Snow and Meyer Lemons, http://j.mp/2zVvvml « Grief Healing

Coping with Pet Loss, November 19 - November 25, 2017

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

Why parents shouldn’t lie about pet's passing,  http://j.mp/2A5BTrq « Vancouver 24 hrs

Pet Loss and the Holidays: Four Things To Consider When Grieving During the Holidays, http://j.mp/2jkkfbj « Animals in Our Hearts

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