holidays, Self-Care, Uncategorized

8 Ways to Survive Post-Loss Holidays

Eight ways to handle the holiday season after loss.

My Story

I’M BACK! But where have I been…?

I've been away for a bit...but I'm back!


Monday Mediation: Be good to your body.

Be good to your body this holiday season.

Reading Nook, Self-Care

Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl)

Viktor Frankl's memoir about his internment in concentration camps and how we can thrive despite trauma.


Practice Self-Kindness

We seem conditioned to believe that kindness is an outside offering that comes to us rather than a gift we bestow on ourselves. I was struck by how simple kindness was undervalued among some grief supporters. Kindnesses are paid during the funeral period, but after the funeral kindness slowly evaporates, perhaps as part of the… Continue reading Practice Self-Kindness


Monday Meditation: Go ahead, have a good cry.

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. -Christopher Morley Crying is good for you. Tears reduce stress hormones from your body, the remove irritants and lubricate your eye, and tears also contain antibodies. Our emotional tears help stress leave our body and increase endorphins… Continue reading Monday Meditation: Go ahead, have a good cry.

Reading Nook, Self-Care

This Thing Called Grief (Thomas M. Ellis)

Thomas Ellis' book This Thing Called Grief is a wonderful and digestible book on grief. At only 132 pages, you can get through it in a day if you are inclined. Ellis is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and the former clinical supervisor and executive director for the Center for Grief, Loss and Transition… Continue reading This Thing Called Grief (Thomas M. Ellis)


Monday Meditation: Changing Perspectives

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. -Wayne Dyer Grief is hardly an experience in which you immediately see opportunity. Grief is awful and painful and raw and exhausting. In grief, we see everything we no longer have, we see obstacles, we see fear. What if, hiding… Continue reading Monday Meditation: Changing Perspectives


Renew with a 7-Piece Skin So Soft collection

As your grief-related Avon Rep, I have a limited time special offer to share with grievers who are in need of a little pampering: a 7-piece Skin So Soft collection for $19.99 ($65 value). The set includes: 2 Skin So Soft Original Shower Gels Skin So Soft Original Body Oil Skin So Soft Original Bath… Continue reading Renew with a 7-Piece Skin So Soft collection


Greetings from your new Avon Lady

Dear readers, I have become an Avon Representative. Yes, that’s right: I am your new Avon Lady. I joined Avon for a very specific purpose: to contribute to your development of a self-care program. I had been looking into direct marketing for a few years, but the companies I found never grabbed me for one… Continue reading Greetings from your new Avon Lady


Monday Motivation: No Matter the Pace, Move Forward

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do  not stop. -Confucius There is no time limit for when grief should be completed. You will not be able to plot grief’s endpoint on a calendar. Grief is not a race with a clearly delineated finish. Nor is grief a road trip… Continue reading Monday Motivation: No Matter the Pace, Move Forward


Monday Meditation: Save Yourself

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. -The Buddha If you are looking for someone to save you during your grief freefall, look in the mirror. Others will try to mold you into the person they want you to be…and that isn’t going… Continue reading Monday Meditation: Save Yourself