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Mastering the Storms of Grief

I rode out a typhoon off the coast of New Zealand in 2014. When we sailed out of Auckland on January 9 with calm sea and sunny sky, we had no hint of what awaited our small cruise ship at the south end of that island nation. Six days later,…

 

Bereavement: “I’ve Been Robbed!”

Dallas, May 16, 2015. Today I will attend graduation ceremonies for two of the grands. The younger will receive a BA in psychology from SMU at 3 p.m. Three hours later his older brother will receive his law degree from SMU law school. Lev is supposed to be here!  He…

 

Travel Tip #1. Find a Friend or Go Alone?

Tip #1: Find a friend with similar interests and budget OR join a nonprofit organization with a strong travel program OR select an experienced travel agent who can recommend appropriate tour operators. Chances are that you have taken “girl” trips before. You already know that some friends make good roommates…

 

What’s for Supper?

We all remember that moment—that first time alone at home after the funeral—and he doesn’t come home for dinner. And we realize: He will never come home again. For me, it was the very worst time of the day. What was I supposed to do for the next five hours…

 

Friendly or Friend?

  The world is full of people who present themselves friendly but are not friends. A warm greeting, a friendly smile when you encounter them…but then nothing. New widows experience this too often. It never ceases to be a painful surprise—learning how many presumed friends are not there for you…