When Mother’s Day Hurts

Mother’s Day is a day where we celebrate and honor our moms.  Many spend time with their mothers sharing in that mother/child bond.  We show our appreciation for all she did to sacrifice for us; after all, she gave us life and love.  While this may sound nice, for some, just the mention of Mother’s Day or even thinking of mom can be very painful.  There are a number of reasons why this might be happening. For some of you, … Continue reading

Spring: A Time of Renewal

Many people have an incredibly hard time during the winter months, particularly if they live in colder regions.  The short, dark days can trigger melancholic moods, leading to profound feelings of lethargy and pessimism.  Others may struggle with financial worries which quickly set in after the expense of the holidays.  Meanwhile, we all face pervasive trials that threaten to undermine happiness at any time of year.  Whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one, adjusting to the end … Continue reading

With freedom comes responsibility

A few years ago, we decided to spend time with my husband’s family at a resort in North Carolina. With no cell phone and limited wi-fi, we were ready for some much needed rest and relaxation. The Resort was awesome, with plenty to do. On the evening of July 4th, the excitement was contagious. Dressed in the familiar red, white, and blue, we shared a wonderful dinner and soon, a parade ensued while children ran around with sparklers and glow … Continue reading

Grief comes in many forms

Very often, grief and loss are associated with the death of a person.  We identify with all that comes with death.  For instance, an automobile accident occurs, a family member loses a battle to cancer, or we lose a friend to suicide.  When these storms hit, we instinctively understand that grief is part of that process.  We go through the motions by tending to the funeral and attempting to adjust to our new life without them.  We try to heal.  … Continue reading

National Suicide Prevention Week!

Suicide is a difficult issue for most of us to understand.  We all have bad days now and then.  For most of us, we get through them because we know bad days are not forever.  That’s why it is difficult to understand how someone could feel so bad that they would end their life!  For them, the bad days seem forever.  So much so, suicide becomes their only option.  Suicide is not something that happens quickly but is a process.  It … Continue reading