Grief support was a monumental part of our lives in the early weeks and months after my husband’s death. I’m fortunate to live in an area where I found several grief support options for widows including a local grief support group that provided family grief services, catering to children and...
Do you ever wish your spouse left you with a tome of sentiments, love letters and reflections to guide you through your darkest widow days? You know, like a guidebook with words of wisdom including permission to live an uncomplicated and carefree life? Or visited you in your dreams to...
It’s been five years since my husband died. 5 YEARS. As in 1,825 DAYS. WTF? I don’t know how it’s even possible that he’s been gone so long. It seems like just yesterday we were packing up our kiddos for a ski lesson and sharing hot chocolate by the fire...
Do you love you? I mean, really love you? I hope so. You’re lovable AF. And super important. But I’m guessing you probably stopped taking care of yourself. If you ever even made it a priority to take care of yourself in the first place. Grief is holding you hostage...
How many times have you compared your grief journey to another widow’s and thought, “damn…I’m not half as with it as she is?” Let’s see…ummm…(counts on fingers)…lots? I’ve done it. We’ve all done it. It’s like when you feel overwhelmed and out of sorts, why not compare yourself to others and...
Chances are you receive widow survivor benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you’ve ever been confused about your benefits you’re not alone. Everyone is confused. Lots of rules and regulations apply to the benefits either you or your children receive. And lots of myths. I’m going to dispel...
I have good news and bad news. Naturally, you want the good news first, right? Okey dokey. Here it is: You have access to conceive, achieve and receive, whatever you want. The bad news? You have to ask for it. Yes, siree. You have to say the words. Verbalize it....
Let me take a wild guess… You’ve lost some friends on your grief journey. How did I know? Because it happens to the best of us. We all had friends who claimed to “be there” for us in any number of ways and just didn’t keep their promises. I’m sure...
Do you like lists and processes as much as I do? I’m much more likely to complete a project if I can write it down in actionable steps. Even though home maintenance has been the bane of my existence since my husband died, I still complete the list of fall outdoor...