Category Archives: grief and loss

Losing a friend

I lost a friend this week. Ana is her name. She moved here from Spain three years ago, because of her husband’s company’s involvement in a local engineering project. Our first encounter was serendipitous. A woman I had heard of … Continue reading

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Fond memories of a short life

It’s not just civic leaders who leave a hole in a community when they die.  Michael O’Neill, who passed away June 19, knew more about the lives of a long list of local residents than political leaders know about most … Continue reading

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Homage to a Blundering Blogger

Sadly, the Blundering Bloggers membership is down by one-third, after the loss of our education issues blogger, Richard W. (Dick) Clark, who died last Friday. I knew Dick originally as a Deputy Superintendent of a school system, obviously someone many … Continue reading

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“Let it not happen again”

All memorials tell a story of loss, usually of lives. We’ve all seen them, from crosses on the side of the highway marking the scene of a fatal traffic accident to large-scale national memorials such as the Vietnam War Memorial. … Continue reading

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Stay silly and live without regrets

What do people who are dying wish they had done differently in life?  Not a cheery topic, but an interesting one in terms of what those of us who are still alive can learn, and worth comparing to the so-called … Continue reading

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Learning from loss

Over breakfast this morning two friends were sharing their stories about losing pets. One told us how sad she was that her neighbors had recently put down their dog, an animal that she knew well.  The other talked about a … Continue reading

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Standing room only

Do you ever wonder how many people will attend your funeral or memorial service?   I thought about this over the weekend, because I attended services in two different churches, both packed with mourners.  I know the question is hardly … Continue reading

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Collage of a life

In the past, when I was working with parent groups, all the members took a short test to determine their leadership styles.  Each person received four cards: blue, green, brown, and red.   On the front of each card was … Continue reading

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A “world of dew”

A few years ago…okay, five years back, the thought of turning sixty did not make me happy.  I told friends, facetiously, that I could only imagine two possible ways to confront this milestone: slit my wrists or have a big … Continue reading

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From sympathy to empathy

My mom died Wednesday.  Thankfully, both her caregiver, Gabriela, and I were with her, so I won’t have to spend the rest of my life imagining her dying alone, wondering whether she was at peace, or whether she felt pain. … Continue reading

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