Widows can do whatever they want. There is no specific etiquette as to whether a widow should wear her ring or stop wearing it or when it is appropriate to do so.Continue reading “Do Widows Wear Wedding Rings?”
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?”
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”
Growing up in the 1960s, I hated my name. I was the only girl in my school, at that time, named Kristin. My teachers were confused. They insisted on calling me Christine. Some people called me Christian. They spelled it wrong either starting with a C or ending with “en”. Even my last place of employment, where I worked for 21 years, made the consistent error of spelling my name with an “en” despite my many efforts of correction.Continue reading “Must widows change their name?”
Being kind to myself is one of the hardest lessons I have learned on this journey after loss. I am beginning to understand what it means to be gentle with yourself and when I am going to need some quiet time to pull it together.Continue reading “How to be kind and gentle to yourself”
Not a decision to enter into lightly but definitely something to consider when living alone is new and challenging.
The common rule you hear after your spouse dies is to wait at least one year before making any major decisions.Continue reading “Should you get a puppy after the death of a spouse?”
Traveling through the grief process is different for everyone. Family, friends, therapy, support groups, exercise, meditation and medication can be helpful. Some ways of coping can be harmful, like overeating or drinking too much.Continue reading “Why reaching out to Psychic Mediums in Grief can be Comforting”
“I am totally not decorating this year!”
That’s what I said the first time I drove past someone’s festively decorated home the year that my husband died.Continue reading “11 Ways to Survive the Holidays as a Widow”
Headstones, tattoos, ashes in objects, memorial runs and benches: How to memorialize and remember a loved one. Ways to help process grief after the loss of a loved one are many and is there more guilt if you don’t do it right?Continue reading “12 Ways to Memorialize the Loss of a Loved One”
After spending the past thirty 4th of July’s together, which was also my husband’s birthday, grief comes back full swing and is one of the more difficult holidays to get through for me.
Year one I made a nice Facebook post with photos. Then I made sure to be away from home. My brother and sister and mom and our kids joined us in Cape Cod for a family reunion. This ensured a good distraction and no one really mentioned Mike. Avoiding pain and sadness was my immediate goal. My family was hopeful that I’d be OK, so I was.Continue reading “He’s gone -It’s OK to say their name”