Tag Archives: dying

Missing Mother

As I have done every year for the past several years on April the 13th, I’ve thought about my mother. Today she would have been 89 years old.  That’s hard for me to believe and I find myself wondering what … Continue reading

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A Year of Pet Loss Grief

One year ago today I had to euthanize my geriatric cat that I had for almost  20 years.  A cat I had acquired when he was 8 weeks old and who I loved like a son.  This year of grief … Continue reading

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When Grief, Mourning, and Tragedy Are Making it Hard To Cope

She wakes up with a jolt, sits straight up in bed after just having had a vivid dream that disturbs her greatly.  In the dream, she is standing in front of an opening elevator door waiting and expecting her sister … Continue reading

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On Losing a Childhood Friend

I feel like my brain is disconnected from my body.  I didn’t sleep last night.  Or much the four nights before that.  I feel lost.  Like I don’t know where to go or what to do or even what to … Continue reading

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Two Funerals in a Day

Yesterday I went to two funerals.  Two very different funerals.  It was a somber day and the type of day that makes you pause and do some deep reflecting on life, death, family, spirituality, etc. The first funeral was for … Continue reading

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Anticipating Loss: When Our Beloved Pets Age

A few days ago, I had to take my cat, Bigfoot, to the vet. Whenever people hear me say that, they give me a strange look or ask me WHY I took him to the vet when I AM a … Continue reading

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Daily Prompt: Helpless

Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did you last feel like that –- and what did you do about it? The time I last felt total helplessness was February 14, 2006 (yeah, … Continue reading

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Death by Addiction

I have to admit, I was never  a huge fan of Whitney Houston.  It’s not that I didn’t like her or didn’t like her music– how could one NOT like an angelic voice like hers?  Her voice was beautiful, but I … Continue reading

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A Daughter’s Journey Through Cancer- Part 10 (the final part)

There is a time for everything,   and a season for every activity under the heavens:  a time to be born and a time to die,   a time to plant and a time to uproot,   a time to kill and a … Continue reading

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A Daughter’s Journey Through Cancer- Part 9

When we started receiving care with Alive Hospice for both my mother and father, we were given a white notebook which was a hospice guide for both the patient and the caregivers.  This notebook contained important phone numbers, and an overview … Continue reading

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