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41pR5XCta4L__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_I want to share with my followers a very disturbing finding. When I pulled up my book on the Amazon website last month, I found out that 3rd party sellers were selling my $14.99 book for hundreds of dollars! I called Amazon for assistance and was told they could not do much about it. There have been about 20 sellers, selling 3 versions of my book (2012, 2015 & 2017) from $12.13 up to $298.69!!!!

First of all, no one should be purchasing the 2012 or 2015 version of my book. The newest edition is the 2017 that should only be bought through Amazon here. I am very annoyed that these 3rd party sellers are jacking up the price and I’m not even sure the purchaser will even receive my book!

I’ve emailed each of the sellers and asked them to remove my book from their list. Most of them obliged and the rest I’ve had to report to scamsellers. There are still about 4 of them who haven’t been removed, but I am still working on it.

Please be aware and do not purchase through any 3rd party seller. Sorry for the inconvenience! Only order “A Widow’s Pursuit” through Amazon for $14.99!

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If you or someone you know and love is struggling through grief this holiday season, there’s still time to order my book by Christmas! Watch the video here….

Order book here:  A Widow’s Pursuit – Finding Out There’s More to Life Than Grief

As a widow in shock, I initially clung to my faith and was filled with God’s peace. When the shock wore off, reality set in, and I was overwhelmed with unfamiliar feelings. I filled the void and numbed my pain with harmful behaviors. By neglecting my children, a consequence followed, jolting me to wake-up to my responsibilities.

I finally surrendered to God and asked for His forgiveness and help. As my faith grew and God led me through grief, my heart healed, I let go of the past and comfort came back into my life. Once I accepted my loss, I awakened to a new life of being a single mom and contemplated new dreams and goals. Struggles still persisted, but I was diligent to pray for guidance to follow God’s will for my family. With God’s grace, hope came back as I experienced more purpose and joy than I ever thought possible.

This is my memoir of being an irrational, 34 yr. old widow, with young children, and how I learned to pursue my faith to overcome grief. Consequently, I discovered an amazing life after my loss. By sharing my story, I hope to help other widows and those struggling through grief.

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thZWAD5S3ADoes this sound familiar?????

I remember like it was yesterday that the last thing I wanted to do in Grief was to sleep…… this article was shared to me and I thought it may be helpful to share to others in grief who are having a hard time sleeping…..

 

 

SLEEP AND GRIEF…..
Amelia Willson
Grief is an essential human experience. We’ll all experience grief throughout our lives, some of us more than others.
Just as grief affects all of us, it also pervades all aspects of our lives. When we are grieving, our thoughts are consumed by our loss. Food doesn’t taste as good. We’re less motivated to do things we used to find fun. It takes everything just to keep going through the motions of daily life.
And it’s tough to sleep. When we experience grief, it’s common to experience newfound insomnia, or to feel exhausted even if you are getting sufficient sleep.

Read more…….at Tuck Sleep

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Kids Camp offered through Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation

Do you know a child who is grieving due to a recent loss?   We still have openings for our Kid’s Camp sponsored by Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation!   Our camp is overseen by credentialed and licensed Clinical and Master’s level Social Worker and Psychology staff.  Our camp staff and volunteers are highly trained and specialize in grief and loss.    Kid’s Camp has designed fun, interactive activities for the children, age 6 to 12, to bond and share, play and gain tools to help them with their grief.

For some reason I couldn’t get the link to copy…so please go to the following website for more information. Sorry!

https://crhcf.org/Crossroads-Kids/

A place for grieving children to connect.

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What do we do when our life falls apart and we can’t put it back together the way it was? It’s as if we worked all weekend putting together a puzzle with 1000 pieces. We only have about 20 pieces to go when the dog runs through the family room chasing the cat, slams into the card table sending the puzzle pieces flying through the air. Pieces land everywhere; in the fish tank, in sis’s plate of food and glass of wine and even between couch cushions! We realize we’ll never be able to put the puzzle back together.

Isn’t that the way it goes in our lives sometimes?

It may be an earthquake, flood or tornado that scatters our material possessions all over the place. Or a divorce that scatters family members into several different states. Perhaps there’s an illness and an early, unexpected retirement surfaces. Or what about an accident that causes someone to become a paraplegic. They can no longer drive their dream car.

So now what??? First we must go through the grieving process and come to accept our loss. Maybe then, instead of seeing our glass half empty we can see it as our glass half filled.

When our material possessions are scattered from a natural disaster, we may find the sugar bowl and creamer set from our fine china that was intact. We might place it on the mantel or table as an even more cherished item. In a divorce, or death of a spouse, it may be establishing a better relationship with our children. In other life altering situations from illness or an accident, it may be giving up a career and going back to school for more education to pursue another passion.

For the paraplegic who had to give up his job, perhaps with a settlement, he’s able to pursue a passion for painting and become an artist. Having the funds to travel the world and paint the most amazing paintings. These are goals to give us hope. It’s finding a new path in life and viewing new scenery along the way.

So like putting a puzzle together, we have to put a plan together….

For some, we may need a life coach to get us started or to guide us through the process. It’s a matter of making goals and breaking it down into one step at a time and “To Do Lists”.

In a divorce or family death, a goal may be getting counseling for the children. What would be the first step? From experience, my first step was to research professional counselors. Step 2 was calling and setting up an appointment. The third step was taking my children to the appointment. Once we managed to get there, the counselor then had steps for us to meet our own goals.

I’m sure most of us have had a life detour at one time or another. As we made a new normal, it was like taking a different path on our journey and experiencing new scenery.

In my situation of becoming a widow, I had to give up my job. This led me to go back to college at the age of 37. You’re never too old for an education! I took an Anthropology course and traveled to the Yucatan in Mexico. I was able to climb the incredible Mayan Ruins and sleep on the Guatemala beach listening to the howling monkeys near by in the jungle.

This only enriched my life as I began putting my life back together with new pieces and making a new picture. So despite our life detours, we can always regain our hope in a new journey!

 

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Taken from a facebook friend, Mary Kate Cranston, who has a blog “Cry Laugh Heal”:

How do you deal with change? Here’s a new post about when life pushes us in a new direction. It sounds funny to say but change is definitely a constant of life. As David Bowie wrote in his classic hit song, Changes, you not only have to turn and face the strange but you also have to turn and face the strain because life is making you move on by rewriting your script.

On a morning walk in my neighborhood yesterday, I came upon a middle-aged man standing inside a huge moving van parked on the street. He was calmly…
crylaughheal.com

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stock-photo-46786344-woman-at-cemetery[1]Top 10 Rights for anyone grieving:

  1. You have the right to experience your own unique grief.
  2. You have the right to talk about your grief.
  3. You have the right to feel a multitude of emotions.

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For anyone who is going through grief, it’s an individual experience. Each person, who is grieving, has a set of rights. If others can understand this, and allow the griever these rights, they can move along in their grief healthier and possibly sooner than if they are prevented from experiencing these rights.

Check out the “Mourner’s Bill of Rights” from grief expert, Dr. Alan Wolfelt. This was posted from a blogger friend who has a fantastic website Heartache To Healing, from JoAnne Funch. JoAnne’s website  offers, “Compassionate Grief Support to Heal Your Heart and Soul”. She has many guest bloggers who offer HOPE and INSPIRATION

People who are grieving need to know that they’re not going crazy but have their own “rights” to allow them the freedom to grieve however they need to!

 

 

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