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The holidays – and the grieving – are over!

The two weeks I dreaded are over. It has been six months, almost to the day, since my dad passed and the first holiday without him has come and gone.

As expected every Christmas carol brought a moist eye and every football game reminded me that dad was no longer around to call. What I didn’t expect was to see how strong my mother has been and how well she got through the holiday season. (more…)

Senior Caregiver – A Daughter’s Journey to the End

As this year comes to an end memories come back to me of the precious last days I shared with my parents before their passing. It’s been 4 long years since their passing and not a day goes by that I don’t think of mom and dad. In fact, their passing charted my pathway into the senior business. I feel really blessed that I was able to be with each of them in their final moments. Their passing had a profound effect on my belief system …. (more…)

Coping with loss during the holidays

This is my first Christmas after losing my dad. Although my parents live across the country, I still feel the loss deeply. It felt strange to send a Christmas card address only to Mom this year. It was sad not to send him his favorite basket from The Popcorn Factory.  His passing was recent, but somehow the loss gets bigger during the holidays. (more…)