Category Archives: Coping Skills & Resiliency

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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The Gray Area of Being Suicidal

The following blog from The Mighty (https://themighty.com) describes the passive, habitual, long-term suicidality that too many people live with.  The thoughts are always there, lurking in the background.  If something negative happens, no matter how minor it is, the immediate … Continue reading

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Choices

I’m a member of several support groups on Facebook for those of us grieving the loss of a spouse, child, parent, or other loved one to suicide. Too many of the members question “Why? Why did s/he do it?”  Some … Continue reading

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