Barbara Donsky is author of Veronica’s Grave: A Daughter’s Memoir, a former professional children’s reading specialist who discusses her book with us today and how reading can help children cope with trauma.
Reading & [...]
On your life journey, different events take hold of you whether you like it or not.
One day you can be riding high; and the next, you feel lower than a well-digger’s rear end at the bottom of a mineshaft. Life doesn’t care about your looks, [...]
Along life’s highway, you will befriend countless people from school, work, sports and church.
Each person offers you different degrees of friendship. Some casual, some close and a few become best friends. Gym-rat friends encourage you. Work [...]
Veterinarian Dr. Liz Fernandez is the author of the new book Sacred Gifts of a Short Life: Uncovering Wisdom of our Pets End of Life Journeys, and she offers us the silver lining that can be uncovered as we embrace the broken [...]
At the age of 17 while driving home from baseball practice, my father’s best friend pulled me over in my Chevy clunker.
He walked up to my window with a sad look on his face.
“Frosty,” he said. “I’ve got some bad news for you…your [...]
Last year, seven of my lifelong friends made their transition back to the greater dimensions of the universe.
One very young and the rest spread across a time line of decades. Each lived a spectacular life. You might say that each died with [...]
Sometimes, our lives can change swiftly.
Aside from the death of a loved one, change may actually be a good thing. If you are moving out of a long-term relationship, such as divorce, changing jobs/careers or retiring, dealing with a midlife [...]
Dressing for a funeral is simple, right?
Just wear something black. If you want to be comfortable, respectful, and supportive, there’s more to it. Here are some tips for dressing for funerals…but first, a story.
My neighbor LOVED flamingos. [...]
Many people who lose a love one or a beloved pet have a difficult time getting over their grief.
The sense of loss can be great. As an author of a managing fear book, I found that many people view grief and death the wrong way. Many people who [...]
At some moments in our lives, we feel depressed or “low” from something that happened to us.
We might suffer a defeat on the sporting field. We may lose a friend or spouse. At some juncture, we may grieve our circumstance in a hopeless job [...]
We constantly hear in the news that somebody took their own life.
There are many different situations that get people to end their life. As a published author of a managing fear book and as a Layman, here are five reasons why suicide is not [...]
A marathon is a grueling experience for those partaking in it; a stressful event for those watching it; and a lengthy one for everyone involved.
Brave Americans ran, not only in the Boston Marathon, but for their lives.
As we watch the tapes [...]
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
SAD sign #1: If you have difficulty concentrating, processing information, and completing tasks during the winter, this may be a sign that you are experiencing a common disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder [...]
Are you grieving because your candidate lost the election?
Many people are grieving because of the election outcome. If your party lost, you might be experiencing grief. As a bereavement specialist, I recognize grief as a blending of emotional, [...]
Between 1996 and 1997, several groups from various countries came together to discuss the creation of World Kindness Day.
Groups from Japan, Singapore, Australia, England, and the United States, among others, hoped to designate a particular [...]
How we can begin to prepare for loss
In less than three months, we will have our annual Presidential election. By then, Mitt and Barak will have criss-crossed America and filled our minds with facts, feelings and funny (and some not-so-funny) [...]
Do you remember where you were when you heard the news that America was attacked by terrorists? Generations before us knew where they were when FDR gave his D-Day speech and President Kennedy was assassinated.
Millions of [...]