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10 hours ago · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Loss & Grief

One last thought. Have you heard of The Compassionate Friends? It's an international organization for those who have lost a child and family members too. Go on line and enter the search words The Compassionate Friends. The website will appear. There may be a chapter near you. This is the only organization and understands my loss and encourages me to say Helen's name. You will find understanding and support at chapter meetings and I recommend it highly.

10 hours ago · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Loss & Grief

First, I send you my heartfelt condolences. In 2007 my elder daughter, the mother of my twin grandchildren, died from the injuries she received in a car crash. Tears are healing. My husband and I cried anytime we needed to for as long as we needed to. We also set up a buddy system for driving to prevent a car accident. One of us would be the driver and the other the lookout. Talk about your son all you want. Say his name and say it often. He was part of your life and always will be. Remember that love lasts forever. Is there something you could do in memory of your son? You might give books to the public library, for example. Contrary to popular belief, time doesn't heal all wounds. Rather, you learn to live with loss. Your son would want you to be happy and enjoy life. Life this day in honor of him.

Wed, Oct 23 3:58pm · The End: When caregiving ends, my husband passed away in Caregivers

Other caregivers in the group, including me, are thinking of you. We're applauding your devoted care and sending you virtual hugs. There is life after caregiving. Is there something you've wanted to do for a long time? You deserve happiness and can claim it for yourself.

Sun, Sep 29 6:58pm · Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More in Just Want to Talk

I cook most meals from scratch because I'm still recovering from open heart surgery and have a pig valve in my heart. From scratch meals allow me to control the salt, fat, and sugar content.

Mon, Sep 23 8:59am · Endometrial Cancer: Noticing my blessings every day in Gynecologic Cancers

Thanks for your comments naturegirl5 I, too, have had rechecks after my surgery and continue to be cancer free. Every day is a blessing.

Thu, Sep 19 9:21am · Please help in Just Want to Talk

I had open heart surgery recently and now have a pig valve in my heart. This experience, as well as surgery for cancer last year, reminded me that each patient needs to be their own advocate. As a health/wellness writer I knew this, but needed a reminder. We can be polite in our requests and still be strong. I try to thank each member of my health care team.

Tue, Sep 17 7:36am · Lessons I Learned From Caregiving in Caregivers

I'm a health/wellness writer, in my 22nd year as a family caregiver, and wrote a series of books for family caregivers: The Family Caregiver's Guide, Affirmations for Family Caregivers, The Family Caregiver's Journal, and The Family Caregiver's Cookbook. These books have the same purpose–to make your caregiving days easier.

Sat, Sep 7 8:34am · My son decided to disappear without a trace at 54 years old. in Loss & Grief

Thanks for the likes. True listening is a gift. While we may not agree with all we hear, we can still be active listeners.