12 Best Grief books to read after the loss of a loved one. #griefjourney #healingafterloss Continue reading 12 Best Grief Books After the Loss of a Loved One
The night my husband died
“How do you use the panoramic feature on this new phone?” my friend Meg asks me as we admire the setting sun.
“Oh, I just took one last week. Let me show you,” I offer as I kick off my blue Sperry flip flops and walk over to the sand. Meg is my attractive next-door neighbor, a single mom who looks stylish in ripped jeans or librarian type glasses.Continue reading “Read CHAPTER 1 for FREE here:”
Friends are all getting together on Friday night. You are recently a widow and not part of a couple anymore. You were invited so the question is, should you stay or should you go now?Continue reading “How to NOT be a Stay at Home, Lonely Widow.”
I roll over and see the light starting to sneak through the blinds. I’m about to turn over when I remember: I have work today.
Whoopee!Continue reading “Retirement is for working with beach horses”
The Uber drivers were plentiful, but not always well marked. The friendly fellow working in the median near the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg helped us find a black car. The driver quoted us a fair price to our desired location and we all hopped in. He took us safely to our location and advised us that we would be safe if we stayed on the main block in Maboneng Precinct. We paid him and thanked him, and imagined how shocked our husbands would be over our lack of inhibitions!Continue reading “Amazing 12 days in South Africa”
I have shared my journey of how to be a widow, so here’s my latest. While I by no means claim to be an expert, by sharing my experience maybe I can encourage someone to tell their story as well.
Last summer I saw a post that read “write a book in 30 days”. The idea of writing a book appealed to me, but getting started seemed to be the issue. I enjoy traveling and writing articles in my blog. Wouldn’t that be enough, I wondered.
While busily packing up my house last July, I signed up for the 30 day on-line writing program before I moved to Florida. I know me and I work best under pressure. This could work. Each day I opened an email from Joshua Sprague with assignments to spend 1-2 hours writing. I found a quiet place to sit and write. So I began.Continue reading “How to write and publish a book”
I never expected to be a widow. I was a working mom and wife. My kids had both gone off to college. My husband and I discussed different retirement scenarios. It was going to be easier now. We could relax a bit. Not work as hard and maybe do some traveling.
It did not work out that way for us.
One week after we dropped our youngest off at college, my husband was gone.Continue reading “Finding love again as a widow”
At least 12 million people have fled their homes since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. More than five million have left for neighboring countries, while seven million people are still thought to be displaced inside Ukraine itself. Poland has the most refugees at approximately 2 million according to BBC news.
Many organizations like Doctors without borders, Save the children and CARE international are supporting Ukraine.Continue reading “How to Help the People of Ukraine”
When I moved to Florida, I bargained with myself that I would spend some time every summer “back home.” For me, that is Long Island, New York. I knew Florida would be hot and I felt I would miss my friends and family and all the fun we had.
I didn’t really miss New York yet, but Christmas had been a bit different. Palm trees wrapped in white lights, golf cart parades and time in the pool didn’t remind me of the holidays of the past. So, feeling nostalgic on New Years Day, I booked our Airbnbs for the month of June.Continue reading “Visiting back home, after you move”
So often you hear that grief comes in waves. I get that. You don’t always feel sad. Sometimes you are actually fine or numb and not feeling much of anything. Then out of nowhere, it hits you.
This giant wave of grief!Continue reading “How does Grief really feel?”
Keeping an open mind, I believe we can find signs from our loved ones if we accept that it is possible.
My latest sign came from my mom on Mother’s Day. I spent the day with my sister. This is our third year without calling mom or sending her flowers. We didn’t get to have lunch with her so we made plans to visit the Sarasota Jungle gardens and go to lunch with some of our family members. We both miss our mom so a sister is a good substitute.Continue reading “Signs from Loved Ones: Is there life after death?”
As an overwhelmed and unexpected widow, I had no idea how to respond to the heart given cry “call me if you need anything”.
I, of course, had no idea what I would need or how much my life was about to change.
During the first month or so I was so fortunate to be gifted with gift cards, friend visits and even meals. Being surrounded by loved ones and keeping busy is helpful. But after those first few weeks, most people return to their regular lives and the new widow is beginning to adjust to her new normal.Continue reading “I’m here for you… Send a care package to a widow this year!”