August 2016 Blog Posts (9)

Only the Beginning

I lost my soul mate on April 8, 2016 while he was walking on his lunch break. My daughter bought him a fitbit so that he could get healthy with all of us. He loved it and he beat us on every challenge. The sad part is that she now feels some responsibility for his death. No matter how much you tell her she isn't it stays in her mind. The texting, on meth driver crossed over the road and hit him from behind. He was at the hospital for almost 2 hours before we even found out he had been hit.…

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Added by ROSE EGGERS on August 30, 2016 at 12:16pm — 4 Comments

Research into online mourning

I'm a graduate student in Medical Anthropology at UCSF/UC Berkeley, and my dissertation research looks at grieving online. The idea emerged out of the experience of losing my own father, who died unexpectedly 2 years ago. My project specifically explores how accessing sites such as online memorials, Facebook profiles, and digital archives might allow people to feel connected to loved ones who have passed away. If you visit a particular website or sites to connect with a loved one who has…

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Added by Molly Hales on August 29, 2016 at 11:05am — 5 Comments

Comfort with Flowers

Flowers make those that are grieving feel better. Every good gift is from above James 1:17.

Added by T.C. Goodwin on August 24, 2016 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Every Kindness Helps Following a Death

A friend of a friend died last week. We hadn’t been in touch with the family in 10 years, and I vacillated on whether to attend the visitation. I not only decided to go, but I also encouraged my spouse to go. We were surprised and humbled when the daughters of the deceased…

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Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on August 17, 2016 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Healthy Grieving

A friend in her early 30s grieved the loss of both her mother and father who died just one year apart. My friend chose outlets for her grief that helped her process and mourn the deaths of her parents. After a year had passed, her older sister confided that she was concerned in…

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Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on August 10, 2016 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Music for Funerals and Memorial Services

Q. When my time comes, I would like to have music played at my funeral. Is music acceptable at services in all religions? Can you suggest some appropriate choices?

Music has played a role in funerals since ancient times when survivors chanted to appease the spirits. Ancient Roman funeral…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on August 3, 2016 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Grieving or Wallowing: How do I tell the difference?

As I grieve for my husband Jim, who died on April 1st of this year, I recognize the pain and confusion that I hear in others comments. I feel this overwhelming loss each day.

It takes so much energy to plow through the emotions. No one could tell me this truth until I experienced it for myself.



This is a place where I can express some of those emotions that must be suppressed, avoided, or simply ignored, in most of my daily interactions. Thank you for being here. Thank you for… Continue

Added by Deanne Brown on August 2, 2016 at 2:49pm — 2 Comments

Widows' Aid To Coping? Coloring Books

Q. I’ve read about coloring books for adults that somehow help reduce stress. Are any of them for widows?

I haven’t found any that focus specifically on widows, but "Colors of Loss and Healing: An Adult Coloring Book for Getting Through Tough Times" by Deborah H. Derman, Ph.D., targets readers who have had…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on August 2, 2016 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

When a Loved One Dies

Please follow link below to read this magazine.  May it bring comfort to you and your families.

https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/watchtower-no3-2016-may/

Added by Margaret Lopez on August 2, 2016 at 6:55am — No Comments

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