September 2011


Grief and Loss and the High Holy Days


While much is written about grieving during Thanksgiving and the many December holidays, not much attention has been given to the difficulty coping during the Jewish high holy season.
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September 28 2011


Blair’s Bucket List: Renew Vows


“There wasn’t a dry eye to be had.”

So starts Debbie Galasky’s story of her and her husband, Blair’s, unexpected vow renewal ceremony. Debbie and Blair had always wanted a ceremony, but when Blair’s cancer became terminal, five years ago, it was forgotten.  

Debbie remembers how difficult it was for them to come to terms with Blair’s condition: “It was overwhelming.” Their grief replaced thoughts of a vow renewal celebration. “In the beginning we couldn’t look at each other without crying,” explains Debbie.  


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September 21 2011


Losing a Child


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It is easy to get drawn into public tragedies when they are broadcast in court rooms and news segments on television and radio. We see folks grieving and hear news stories that can trigger our own grief reactions. Recently, there have been many accounts of a Florida trial concerning the death of a child.
 
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September 21 2011


Ask Dr. Bob: Substance Abuse Problems


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My wife died five years ago. This was the most painful experience I have ever had in my life. The depth of the pain and the duration of the pain made daily functioning unbearable. To handle the pain, I started to have a drink in the evening. This seemed to help. Soon it was two drinks, then, in a very short period of time it was a fifth-plus a day. What started out to be helpful ended up being harmful. All I wanted to do was numb the pain! I now have been clean for six months and I am ready to deal with the death of my wife in a positive way. -- Clean for Six Months


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September 21 2011


Molly’s Garden


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“She would have loved it. She would have loved that everyone else is getting so much joy out of it,” says George Goodwin when asked how his wife Molly would feel about the new Molly Bliss Goodwin Garden at David Simpson Hospice House.

George was so moved by his and Molly’s hospice experience that, after her death, he became a David Simpson Hospice House hands-on volunteer. Additionally, George knew that he wanted to make a significant gift in memory of Molly—something lasting and beautiful. After discussing options with development staff, George decided that creating a memorial garden was the ideal way to honor his wife while bringing solace and pleasure to others.
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September 01 2011

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