Category Archives: Coping Skills & Resiliency

I’m Different Now

I don’t really agree with this.  For me, it’s not really about recovering the “me” that was lost.  That person is gone forever, with only parts of who I was left. You’re different afterwards. You just aren’t the same anymore. … Continue reading

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Bacon Bits

Slowly, I’m beginning to make changes at home. A few minutes ago I threw out three of those little jars of bacon bits that John used to love so much on his salads and baked potatoes. He died almost two … Continue reading

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Hearts Like Wildflowers

I hope you are blessed with a heart like a wildflower. Strong enough to rise again after being trampled upon, tough enough to weather the worst of the summer storms, and able to grow and flourish even in the most … Continue reading

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The Slam of the Day Does Not Define You

It’s been one of those days… Aside from the usual day to day stuff that can put one in an irritable mood if one lets it (cold drizzly rain, too much to do, not having the correct paperwork with you … Continue reading

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If You Are Thinking About Suicide, Read This First (reprint)

http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/ “Reprinted with permission. Suicide: Read This First (http://www.metanoia.org/suicide) was written by Martha Ainsworth based on work by David Conroy, Ph.D. To talk with a caring listener about your suicidal feelings, in the U.S. call 1-800-SUICIDE any time, day or … Continue reading

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Coming Out of My Bedroom

After John first died, and after all the flow of visitors stopped dropping in, and after my daughter went back home to California (nearly a month later), I pretty much holed up in what was our bedroom. My big house (9 … Continue reading

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The More You Hang Out With Mom, The Longer She’ll Live…

Not quite a decade and a half ago, when my daughter was still a teenager, I promised her I’d live to be 97 years old. I no longer remember what prompted the conversation, but that age – 97 – has stuck … Continue reading

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