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Podcast: Reading & Writing Helps Children Grieve

Podcast: Reading & Writing Helps Children Grieve

Listen Here: 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 & [...]

What Do You Do With Despair?

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, [...]

Losing Your Friends: Vacancies of the Heart

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 [...]

Podcast: Dealing with the Loss of a Pet

Listen Here: 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 [...]

Along Our Life Path: Death Hides In The Bushes

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 [...]

Death: A Tight Shoe Taken Off So You Can Find A New Way To Dance

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 [...]

Forget What You Have Lost

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 [...]

What To Wear: Dressing For A Funeral

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. [...]

How To Reduce Your Grief By Fifty Percent

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 [...]

How To Handle Discouragement

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 [...]

Suicide Is Not The Answer

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 [...]

8 Top Metaphors Of Professional Women

I recently attended the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) Ignite Your Spark 2013 Networking Conference in New York City. With over 150 chapters and 400,000 members, NAPW offers women an opportunity to network and grow their business. [...]

Running From Danger: Terror Across The Boston Marathon Finish Line

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 [...]

8 Signs You May Have “SAD”

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 [...]

Post-Election Grief: Are You Feeling It?

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, [...]

Be Kind to First Responders: Heroes of Hurricane Sandy

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 [...]

One Presidential Candidate Will Lose the Election

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) [...]

Dealing with Traumatic Memories

Crisis intervention 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 [...]