What Do I Do If Someone I Love Commits Suicide?

The pain feels unbearable. Someone you love chose to end their life. Maybe they left you a note, maybe they didn’t. Maybe you knew they were in agony, struggling with inner demons or with harsh realities of severe physical or mental illness. Maybe you...

Loving That Doggone Dog

Smokey has been a bit of a complicated pet. A 14 year old Schnauzer-Terrier mutt. I adore him. But he has treated every person coming to our front door as if they were a serial killer. All his life. He roars up to our heavy glass front door when he hears a knock....

9 Ways To Respond To The Grief Of Miscarriage And StillBirth

Our culture has quick, one-line responses to some types of grief. When elderly loved ones die, “Well, they had a good life.” When soldiers are killed in war, “They served their country well.” When a woman miscarries or has a stillborn child,...

When Can I Dance Again? Saying Good-bye To A Friend

I am saying good-bye to a friend. Gary Lyons. Not a name perhaps that many of you know. He used to live in Fayetteville. Springdale to be exact. Moved to Springfield several years ago. His obituary will tell you he was a theater guy. Director. Actor. I am not as...

The Many Types Of Grief. And Why They Are All Important

A Facebook comment last week got my attention.  The reader stated that empty nest feelings were “insulting to true grief of a loved one passing.” He cited that it was like divorce.  The pain from it was “temporary.” I appreciated the fact that...

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