Last week I heard Mark Schultz’s new song, Different Kind of Christmas, for the first time. Many of us who have lost someone this year are having a different kind of Christmas. The year I lost Rick, the holiday season came soon after his death. Determined to have a “normal” Christmas, I made it through the […]
Holidays and Grief
The holidays are the toughest times for someone who is grieving. If you have a grieving friend, you may want to help but don’t know how. You may be afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing. Here are some simple suggestions.
In my family, birthdays are a big deal. The person celebrating can expect phone calls from everyone. Yesterday was my birthday, and I was not disappointed. My three sisters called, and two of them sang to me. All my children called. My daughter and three-year-old granddaughter sang together on the phone. Friends had cake and […]
Today is Father’s Day, and it always makes me a little sad. After losing my husband, Rick, and then my dad and father-in-law, I realized I had no reason to buy a Father’s Day card.
I thought of Mom this morning when I burned my bagel – and I laughed. I could hear her voice saying to me, “That’s not burned. It’s just the way I like it.” Mom made the best buttermilk biscuits. Every cut-out circle of dough was dredged in melted Crisco on both sides before being placed […]