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Dealing with Grief and Fears

Grief is a part of life. This doesn’t make it easy to deal with. Maybe you have a fear of dying. Perhaps you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one. You are not alone. We’re here to help.

Why Dealing with Grief is Different for Everyone
3 weeks ago

Why Dealing with Grief is Different for Everyone

By  •  Mindset

Dealing with grief is tough. When someone loses a spouse or loved one, a numb feeling sets in and they are stunned and surprised that something so horrific has occurred. Initially, they may feel literally frozen in place because essentially, they are in a state of shock. Read More

Moving on After a Divorce or Death… it’s Not as Different as You Think!
3 weeks ago

Moving on After a Divorce or Death… it’s Not as Different as You Think!

By  •  Family

Judith Viorst, in her book Necessary Losses, promoted the idea that the first half of life is about acquisition and the second half is about letting go. Read More

Good Grief: How to Get Past Life’s Inevitable Losses
1 month ago

Good Grief: How to Get Past Life’s Inevitable Losses

By  •  Family

One year ago today I was fighting for my husband’s life as he spent 19 days in hospital with unrelenting abdominal pain. The nursing staff had grown weary of his presence and his care was deteriorating. In my mind, any day could be the last we might have together. Read More

How to Overcome Your Fear of Developing Alzheimer’s
1 month ago

How to Overcome Your Fear of Developing Alzheimer’s

When it comes to aging, while concerns about sagging skin, baggy eyes and low energy might preoccupy your thoughts, they can seem superficial when it comes to fears of developing Alzheimer’s or cognitive decline, losing your memory and developing dementia. Read More

7 Ways of Overcoming Grief When the Unexpected Happens
1 month ago

7 Ways of Overcoming Grief When the Unexpected Happens

One thing that’s almost certain, once you’re over 60, is overcoming grief.

It’s hard to avoid grief unless we die early or we’re incredibly lucky. By now, many of us have already lost our parents, even if they lived to a ripe old age. Mine passed away at 89 and 90. Although it was hard, (they died within two weeks of each other) it was expected because of their age and was easier to deal with. Read More

Writing a Memoir Can Help You Exorcise Your Childhood Demons
2 months ago

Writing a Memoir Can Help You Exorcise Your Childhood Demons

By  •  Mindset

I confess. I’m in love with the blank page.

It’s a metaphor for how one comes in to the world. The moment you announce yourself with a whimper or scream your blank page begins to fill with memories. Throughout childhood – when you are most vulnerable – memories are often written for you. Not all of them happy. Read More

5 Things You Need to Know About Advance Directives
3 months ago

5 Things You Need to Know About Advance Directives

Marie’s son was distraught. He had told his mother he would have the doctors do everything they could – but now they were saying that they didn’t know how long she would be able to breathe on her own without the tube, nor did they know how long she might last if the machine continued to do most of the breathing for her. Read More

7 Practical Ways to Set Yourself Up for a Good Death
4 months ago

7 Practical Ways to Set Yourself Up for a Good Death

I never thought about death much, other than as a concept, until my husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. Then it made its entrance with a bang. Even though he was 65, it felt far too young to be contemplating death. Read More

Mourning in Maturity: Going Beyond “Closure” After Losing a Loved One
4 months ago

Mourning in Maturity: Going Beyond “Closure” After Losing a Loved One

We’ve reached a stage in life where death is closer to us than it ever was – death of parents, friends, siblings, associates. When it happens, we are often given advice to obtain “closure,” defined as a sense of finality…
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How to Overcome Childhood Fears and Get More from Life After 50
4 months ago

How to Overcome Childhood Fears and Get More from Life After 50

By  •  Mindset

My husband and I recently escaped the snows in Idaho for a first-time vacation in Belize. The travel brochures claimed the water around the tiny island of San Pedro offered some of the world’s best snorkeling, so we signed up for an excursion.
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