Category Archives: Dealing with Grief

Suffering pains

I remember being 14 years old and having strange, intense pains in my legs. Yet, there was no visible cause. So, my parents took me to the family doctor who couldn’t find anything. He told my parents to “Relax. It’s … Continue reading

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Relief of Suffering

Relief of suffering is an essential element of life in my book (literally and figuratively). It was a tough chapter to write, and a tough chapter to keep short because there is so much suffering in this world. Suffering creates … Continue reading

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Good Grief. It’s Christmas

I am troubled by the many people I know that are suffering today, Christmas Day. Many are grieving recent deaths. Others are grieving deaths that get revisited every Christmas.   Almost a week ago, my friend Martha posted on Facebook … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Gratitude

In the midst of loss, the thought of it having any purpose is beyond comprehension. Yet the holidays can be particularly difficult times if memories of loved ones steal your holiday peace, joy or sense of belonging.   On the … Continue reading

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Loss and Love

Daniel Siegel, author of one of my favorite books to listen to and read, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, is a wise man. His empathy makes his work approachable and his insights make him endlessly interesting. Recently I … Continue reading

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Grief Recess

Grieving is a long process. No one can say how long it will take or what we must endure in the process. During it, we can be of two states of mind. On one hand, we crave normalcy. On the … Continue reading

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It’s Okay to Cry

Grief… we have lost so many things. Many people today are talking about the loss of our freedoms and working opportunities. Loss of financial options. Loss of trust in the government, the banking system, the schools, etc. And while loss … Continue reading

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We ALL Die, A Story

A Story “We ALL die,” he declared to the other, who was struggling with the death of his father. What an amazingly unreasonable thing to communicate to another person! Not only does it lack any reason, it couldn’t be more … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Grief

I recently read that “the purpose of grief is to help you reach the point in your life when you can remember without the pain.” How do you understand the purpose of grief? I think grief has another purpose.

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Facing Down Death’s Agenda

Last week was emotionally difficult. Really difficult. Our family had several anniversaries and a memorial, not including the anniversary of September 11. (My wife was there in NYC.) The emotional difficulty didn’t show itself as a direct result of these … Continue reading

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Marking Anniversaries for the Dead

September 11, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Presidents Day, VJ Day. Anniversaries we mark to honor the lives of our compatriots. Some survivors, millions now gone and leaving a gaping hole in our hearts. Not a day goes by … Continue reading

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Anniversaries Before and After

Not a day goes by that I don’t miss my father. His passing has changed my life in many ways, not the least of which are anniversaries. His birthday. Father’s Day. Their wedding anniversary. Anniversaries of family reunions, etc. In … Continue reading

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Death as Rebirth

Perhaps the most ancient and powerful of metaphors about life is birth. Birth is not a specialty of mine; I am male. But it remains to me, and most men I am sure, the most powerful of life experiences and … Continue reading

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Is Your Time Up?

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. Richard Bach This is a key ingredient to both living fully now and life extension: realizing that your mission on Earth is … Continue reading

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Condolences, But

After the passing of my father, I have received many kind comments, many from Facebook friends. Thanks to everyone for their concern. And here it gets kind of funny… My father, the editor and studious thinker, always, always, always had … Continue reading

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