How to Manage Grief

Did you know that grief is cellular? It manifests deeply in your body and affects almost every aspect of your life. One widow I work with says her grief made her feel like she was being pulled out to sea by a rip tide. Just as she would get her head above the waves,...

Are You Feeling Disconnected?

One of the worst parts of widowhood is making big decisions when you are least able to process them fully. You’re suddenly faced with almost endless decisions about all these aspects of your life right at a time when grief makes you the least prepared to deal with it....

Are You Going Crazy?

I’ve worked with hundreds of widowed women, from every walk of life, and very widow I’ve ever worked with has felt stuck and discouraged at some point. Worse yet, they all thought that feeling stuck and discouraged meant there was something wrong with them. They...

Do You Need a Trickle of Hope?

Click the link below to hear this blog as a podcast! https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/awidowstale/A_Trickle_of_Hope.mp3 Are You Looking for Enough Water to Bloom in the New Year? I’m a fan of bulb gardens in the winter. I take vases, antique bowls and baskets and...

Surviving the Holidays, Part Two

On my first New Years’ without my husband. I was so exhausted from mak- ing it through Christmas without a meltdown that I didn’t think too much about New Years’. That was a big mistake, because my husband’s first massive stroke happened that night. (Both my son...

Surviving the Holidays Part 1

Holidays and special occasions (like Christmas, anniversaries or birthdays) often bring overwhelming emotions and cascades of memories for a widow. If you don’t have a plan for how you’ll honor your grief and emotions, then these “special days” will ambush you....

Transitions: Part One

Transitions are so awkward.You have one foot one place and one foot somewhere else. You’re afraid to leave and can’t wait to go all at the same time.  They’re rarely neat and clean.Transitions often come with a lot of back and forth. For instance, I’ve taken my fleece...

How to …

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