Posts Tagged: death

A Letter to My Brother

Your birthday just passed and I thought about you, but then I think about you a lot. I remember when you would visit Grandma and Grandpa when I lived with them. You walked in with your wife and little son. You always dressed up for grandma, you looked so handsome. I was so proud to… Read more »


Ray was my brother-in-law for over fifty years.  He passed away on my birthday this year. When I heard he was in the hospital and things were not looking good I kept thinking, “not on my birthday, I don’t want to have to live with this memory.” Ray was a special person.  I know everyone… Read more »

Dear Barb—New Year Questions

Dear Barb: Hi, now that the holidays are over, I want to work on my diet.  It seems what is good for you one day, turns out to be not good for you after further studies.  For example, the last couple of years I’ve been using coconut oil in all my cooking and recently I… Read more »

Love Beyond Tragedy

On September 15, 2018 we attended the wedding of Jenn, my brother’s granddaughter.  A few years earlier my sisters and I had been reunited with my brother Lyle and his family, following a long estrangement. When Lyle became ill, we were grateful to Jenn for contacting us and giving us the opportunity to spend some… Read more »

Surviving School while Grieving

I’ve always aimed to keep things upbeat in my writing, with the added goal of offering helpful information.  I guess I always wished I’d had a mentor myself. So I fulfilled it with writing—in the hopes I could help someone out there with their life struggles. My mom died at the end of August and… Read more »

Dear Barb—Permanent Changes

Dear Barb: A very dear family member recently died and his death was a traumatic event for the entire family.  The day following, a close friend of mine dropped by.  As soon as she came in I told her about the death; she said she had heard about it, and then continued talking about herself… Read more »

The Fit Student—When Loved Ones Die

You’re preparing for a test and you get a phone call.  Your loved one has died.  Now what?  Well, you could mourn at the funeral.  The funeral ends, but the heartache lasts.  I find a better solution is to listen to the Long Island psychic, Theresa Caputo. The psychic says do rituals to heal your… Read more »