Practical Advice For Grieving Someone Alive

On a topic near and dear to my heart, the following link offers some practical advice from the American Academy of Bereavement about grieving someone alive: http://thebereavementacademy.com/unconventional-grief-grieving-someone-alive/

Confessions of a Caregiver

A day does not go by without me thinking about our future and harbor some fear about how this story will end. Is it right around the corner? Five years from now? Twenty? I pray that the end of the story will be a lot easier than the beginning. This may be surprising, given my outwardly positive demeanor. But the fears I quietly carry with me were brought to the surface this past week when Bob fell for the first time in I don’t know how long. He was trying to walk the seemingly routine fifteen feet from his chair in the family room to the dinner table. There was no harm done, but it was startling to me nonetheless and I can’t get it out of my mind. Since then I cling to his waistband

Morning Jo and Parental Advice

In the spirit of semper avanti, always moving forward, this week’s blog is taking a break from the constant of care giving. Parental advice in my morning paper over coffee gave six tips for “How To Get Along With Your New Grad”. Having one recent grad and another one on the way, I had to read this if for no other reason than to determine how well I was doing so far. The first tip: Accept that while you have lots of influence, you don’t have control. Hmm. Reflecting back on four-year-old Ben defiantly proclaiming, “You’re not the boss of me!” I am not sure I ever had control. Next? Engage with your kids as equals. In a way, I always engaged with my kids as equals, and that did not always

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