Monday, January 14, 2019

Voices of Experience: Bittersweet

Memories, even bittersweet ones, are better than nothing.  ~ Jennifer Armentrout

Jan Warner believes that honoring grief is honoring love. She says she wants her husband's life to matter more than his death, but she also acknowledges that she will always grieve his loss. After nine years of learning to live without him, she still has days when everything falls apart. Nevertheless, she has a letter from her husband telling her how he watches her fall down and then get back up again: "He writes that he loves me and is proud of me for this. I hope I am still making him proud." Here Jan shares some of where she's been in her own grief journey, and what she's discovered along the way:

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Caregiving and Hospice, January 6 - January 12, 2019

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

The discrimination against nurse practitioners must stop, http://j.mp/2CfXP4p « Kevin MD

GoFundMe: 4 Tips for Effective Medical Crowdfunding, http://j.mp/2CegKNf « Crossroads

Six Months To Live? A Doctor's Prediction, http://j.mp/2CbNGpz « Barbara Karnes RN

Understanding and Managing Grief, January 6 - January 12, 2019

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

The Sudden Loss Of A Child: How A Marriage Survives, http://j.mp/2ChoLkC  « AfterTalk

Grieving with Mr. Pickles: Thoughts on Showtime’s ‘Kidding,’ http://j.mp/2Rgs8ma « Pallimed

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Pet Loss: Can I Euthanize My Dog On My Own?

Asking for others' guidance helps you to see what you may not be able to see.  ~ Ken Blanchard

A reader writes: I want to release my dog's spirit in a wilderness area he so loves and belongs to be laid to rest in. All the vets I talk to will only kill him in their office or for another pile of cash come to my home. I am also told for .25 I can kill him with a bullet (not possible). I need to know how to euthanize my dog on my own without violence, how to overdose him on dog or human Rx's or whatever it takes to give him a peaceful passage to the other side. Please help me or direct me to a resource that can. I want both my dog and myself to have this done with dignity and not deal with the mercenary mindset of vets who have lost their heart to care for animals and only want $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.  Thank you for whatever, if anything, you can do.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Caregiving and Hospice, December 30 - January 5, 2019

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

Hospice Care in an Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing Facility, http://j.mp/2R532Xi « Hospice of the Red River Valley

If You Struggle to Talk About Death, Read This, http://bit.ly/2BTGBKc « Thrive Global

Your feedback is welcome! Please feel free to leave a comment or a question, or share a tip, a related article or a resource of your own in the Comments section below. If you’d like Grief Healing Blog updates delivered right to your inbox, you’re cordially invited to subscribe to our weekly Grief Healing Newsletter. Sign up here.

Understanding and Managing Grief, December 30 - January 5, 2019

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

'Mary Poppins Returns' Is a Subtle Exploration of Grief,  http://j.mp/2BWWdfU  « The Atlantic

When a Loved One is Dying: The Unspoken Emotions and Impact of Grief, http://j.mp/2BZ6Z5u « PSYCOM

Hospice of the Valley offers support in Fountain Hills, http://j.mp/2C2HQqe  « Fountain Hills Times

Monday, December 31, 2018

In Grief: Everyone's Loss Is Somehow Different But The Same

A reader writes: Every time I hear someone call my husband's name I am reminded that he is gone. He was so young. My grown children were very angry at God that he took their father at 66, they thought it wasn't fair, he didn't have more time on earth. Still, I read this morning of a widow whose husband was only 46, that is really very very young. We all think this terrible thing is only happening to us until we read of others and their pain, and then we can understand everyone's loss is somehow different but the same.
I am trying to move slowly on with my life as I know that is what he would have wanted me to do. He would be telling me "move on, be happy, I will be waiting for you."

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Understanding and Managing Grief, December 23 - December 29, 2018

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

Our Most-Read Stories of 2018, http://j.mp/2QUyVSd « Modern Loss

Mary Poppins Returns Gets Grief Right, http://j.mp/2BXVOdl « What's Your Grief?

Grief Can Actually Kill You, And Scientists Have Figured Out Why, http://j.mp/2QO61TP « Science Alert

Monday, December 24, 2018

From My Heart to Yours This Christmas



Yes, Santa Claus is real ~ 

There is a spirit illuminating the lights and sparkle ~
a quality 
that can be found 
under the whoosh of sleds 
and the memories of ornaments.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Caregiving and Hospice, December 16 - December 22, 2018

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

Documentary Review: "The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing Alzheimer's Together," http://j.mp/2QH43o0 « Seven Ponds Blog

Nurses Again Outpace Other Professions for Honesty, Ethics, http://j.mp/2QHl3KR « GALLUP

What the FDA forgets in the battle against e-cigarettes, http://j.mp/2QJpncu « Kevin MD