I need your input!

I need your input! I’ve been struggling with an upcoming situation and I’m conflicted about what to do. My mother is going to have her 90th birthday on July 10th. That date comes out on a Thursday and my sisters want to celebrate on the weekend because of work schedules.

I’m a traditionalist and believe that a birthday should be celebrated on the exact day. Especially a milestone birthday such as this. Isn’t that why they call it a birthday? Continue reading “I need your input!”

How can you cope with the death of a beloved pet?

How can you cope with the death of a beloved pet? I wrote a newsletter column in April 2009 that deals with this situation. The column is as follows:

I’m writing this column with a heavy heart. On March 28th, my dog Teddy passed away. He was a very important part of our family. I’m sure that animal lovers that are reading this newsletter can relate to the feeling of loss and grief that my family feels. Continue reading “How can you cope with the death of a beloved pet?”

Do you have a reason for being?

Do you have a reason for being? This question comes to mind because I was told by a person, who I adore very much, that he didn’t have a reason for being.

I recently went to a funeral for Estelle, my sister’s mother in law. My family and I celebrated many celebrations with her and her husband Bob. She and Bob were a very fun couple to be around. They were very upbeat and you could tell that they were very devoted to each other. They did everything together. They were involved in many activities and Estelle was involved in volunteer work with children. Continue reading “Do you have a reason for being?”

Is dealing with loss difficult for you?

It’s true that we never know what’s going to happen from day-to-day. Grief for a human being, a beloved pet, a lost relationship, a job loss, or a loss in any other form can be devastating. Deeply feeling highly sensitive people may experience a longer lasting feeling of grief and loss. It’s important that we have a strategy to help us through these difficult times.

I would like to give you some of the strategies that help me in difficult times. They are as follows:

* Don’t minimize your loss. Don’t ignore the importance of your loss or be embarrassed by it. Be patient with yourself and give yourself enough time to work through your feelings. Continue reading “Is dealing with loss difficult for you?”