Family Gatherings

Planning A Funeral?

January 16, 2014

Funerals are happening every single minute all over the world; each funeral having it's own personal imprint and private touches to honor those that have died.

There has been an inordinate amount of headline news recently regarding planning a funeral. 

Remembering Newtown's Deaths

December 13, 2013

Here is an image of what you might imagine happens on a daily basis in our elementary schools. 

It is doubtful that you missed the headline news one year ago, on December 14, 2012, when a young man forever changed the lives of many families as well as an entire town in a way that still summens up strong feelings of anger and disbelief.

It's "Elder Wisdom Day" a.k.a. Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013

We have so much to learn from the "older" generation.  We have so much to learn from our parents. And Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to sit down and have a conversation with your "elders" that are making the effort to travel across the nation, or from just around the corner, to join your family in the celebration of Thanksgiving, as well as Hanukkah, this year.

When a Child Dies

October 25, 2013

A child's death is certainly one of the saddest events to occur or even to think about.

A child's death is like no other death. The natural ebb and flow and order of life and death  we have come to expect in our lives is gone.

Grandparents are supposed to die before a grandchild.  Parents are not supposed to outlive their children.  Yet it happens.  And trying to make any sense of it is, quite frankly, just not possible.

Death and The Family Summer Home

October 11, 2013

This topic is near and dear to me, tugging at my heartstrings when I think about it. 

This is a very personal story I am sharing with you.

My family owned, loved, and cared for a wonderful shingle covered and much weathered summer cottage.  It is located on an island and is a place where I spent my summers growing up, molding into, and eventually becoming the person I am today.

This home was my summer haven for over forty years. 

Storage Wars

July 19, 2013

Have you asked your parents (or anyone) to keep and store your personal items?

This list might include your furniture, your trophies, your collections of school projects, your personal letters and/or diaries, your yearbooks, and your paperback books and magazine collections.

Don't forget about your photo albums, your scrap books, your halloween costumes and your old bikes, riding toys and camping gear!

Father's Day

June 21, 2013

Why does Father's Day feel different than Mother's Day?

Is it because Fathers have different roles in our society than Mothers?

Is it because we pause on this day in June to reflect upon our relationship with our Father vs. our relationship with our Mother? 

"Greedy Gimmies"

November 30, 2012

I read a Berenstain Bears book to my children titled "The Berenstain Bears Get a Case of the Gimmies". I often think about that book when I hear real life stories about what happens in families when it's time to distribute the "goods" after a loved one dies. A case of the greedy gimmies isn't pretty.  Possessions can bring out the worst in people.

Don't be one of those greedy people!

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