A Keeping It Real Post September is Suicide Prevention Month. I won't bore you with a rehash of the ugly details of this small chapter of my story, but feel free to dive into the archives if you're new. Short version: in the depths of my worst pain, fueled by pills and … [Read more...] about Widowhood, Pandemic, and Suicide
A Coping With Grief Post As I was preparing to leave town for another trek across Europe, I got my usual frenzy of appointments on the calendar for my last week. One of those was with my grief counselor. A friend of mine was surprised and asked why I was still seeing her. … [Read more...] about Grief Counseling and the Bereaved (aka Why I Keep my GC on speed dial)
Shout out to Sara Bailey at TheWidow.net for this follow-up guest post on the sleep issues the bereaved often face. I know first hand how critical sleep health is to the grief recovery process. It's been almost three years since D died and I still struggle with the … [Read more...] about Correcting Sleep Deprivation After Losing a Loved One
A guest post by Sara Bailey of thewidow.net. I've struggled with insomnia and sleep issues since the hubs died, and can personally relate to everything Sara says here. Self-care is critically important, and lack of sleep impacts more than just our cognitive processing. I … [Read more...] about Welcome Sleep Back Into Your Life After A Loss
The healing power of even the most microscopic exchange with someone who knows in a flash precisely what you're talking about because she experienced that thing too cannot be overestimated. Cheryl Strayed The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life, by Donald L. … [Read more...] about The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life (A Book Review)
The sooner you accept the fact that you have to take care of yourself, the better it will be. He's gone. You used to know how to do this. You can do it again. Put your big girl panties on and get the f@#$ out of bed. You know he'd tell you the same thing, so just … [Read more...] about Someone Take Care of Me. Oh Wait, I’m Someone.