Short and Sweet Summary: Grief support groups won’t erase the crushing pain. But they will give you a place to validate your feelings and make your grief less isolating. Several grief support options for widows are available if you know where to look. Grief support was a monumental part of...
Short and Sweet Summary: The problem with relying on others to buoy our spirits or tell us what to do is that we relinquish all our internal power. The words of wisdom you think you need from someone else won’t bring the peace you seek. The words you need 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...
Short and Sweet Summary: It’s about time you started taking care of you. Forget about everyone else for just a minute and focus on making yourself a priority. It’s not difficult, costly or even time-consuming if you try these unusual but significant self-care ideas for widows. Do you love you?...
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...
Short and Sweet Summary: Widow survivor benefits are complicated. And confusing. The more you know about your potential benefits before you make an appointment with your local Social Security Administration office, the better off you’ll be. Chances are you receive widow survivor benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). If...
Short and Sweet Summary: How can you get what you want? By asking for it. It’s a simple concept, but hard to actually implement. You don’t get what you don’t ask for, so if you really want something bad enough you must get on with your vulnerable self. It will...
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...