12 Healing Words for Navigating Grief

The Power Words for Well-being

Words can have a powerful affect on our well-being. Words of love and encouragement heal. Words of bitterness and pain destroy. Words can inspire and motive. Words can depress and deplete. Words spoken by people we love and respect have a great impact on our feelings.
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Navigating Grief Holidays

Grief Doesn’t Take a Holiday

Are You Ready for the Holidays?

How often have you heard this question? The implied reference is “have your bought all the presents for family and friends for Christmas? Is your home and table ready for guests? Have you done the shopping, baked the goodies and decorated the house? You may not even celebrate Christmas and you are faced with this question as a means of casual conversation! Whether your loss was recent or years ago, underlying grief may be lying wait along with the holidays.
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Cancer Sucks

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I’m already tired of cancer!

Last night, I gave Leah her bracelet and Dave his Cancer Sucks white wrist band. I bought bunches for family and friends, if they want. It is strangely comforting. I’ll buy the bracelets for the other girls [Dave’s daughters], too.
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Dr. L., Oncologist

Monday December 6, 2010, noon

I actually didn’t run straight to my journal this morning! I had work and to-do lists on my mind.   I did consider my thoughts while on my first cup a’, which mostly consisted of getting ready to see the oncologist today and the reach out I must take care of ASAP.*
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Dream Reflection

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Dream snippets just came to me as I was making coffee.

The Dream:

There was all sorts of dress up going on with children. Leah and [her lifelong friend] Addy there. Going house to house, very “English,” Victorian. The last sequence was with Addy  and Leah in their preschool dresses – very familiar. I think Leah was wearing a light blue with pinafore type collar, her curly brown hair. It seems Addy was wearing one of Leah’s dresses too.
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Saturday, December 4, 9:30 am

Thinking about:

  • Lines / boundaries. Fine, thin, thick between self and business. Also “ethical” considerations. The challenge to think is not opining or judging.
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Now What?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

(Happy B-day Anne!)

What? So what? Now what?

That’s a writing formula I learned long ago. It’s also good for my morning thoughts. 1) Getting this journal to the public blog.  2.) Dave’s diagnosis.
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Going Public

Friday, December 3, 2010

Wow. So much in my head this morning. I need to start with yesterday though. (What a shift. I’m looking backward now)

I love the am talks with Dave. Always have. Once I bring his coffee to him in bed (how good is that?!) I only need to give him a few moments before I start my babbling.
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