grief 

The Crocodile Hunter's wife given only copy of his final video

It is well known that Steve Irwin, who was killed by a stingray stab to the heart on September 4, was filmed during his final outing as he swam with stingrays. Many an Internet voyeur has been itching to get their hands on that footage to view those ...

The merging of households: sometimes a bumpy road

Yesterday I was driving along in my car when I was suddenly hit with a pang of guilt. I picked up my cell phone and dialed my mother with the following apology: Me: I'm sorry I was less than cordial this morning. I didn't intend to be so horrid. She:...

Thanksgiving in the Rocky Mountains

As I posted a couple of days ago, this year Thanksgiving in our house is vastly different than past holidays. This will be the first major holiday without my father and the first time I have spent such a day without my children. Over the weekend the ...

Thanksgiving Day family traditions, when to buck them

This year marks a new beginning for my family. Since my father died in June, we are all trying to pick ourselves up, function without his leadership and breathe through the days. As the holidays are approaching, we are also trying to accept that he w...

The holidays make for a hard time to separate, even if you're famous

For the most part I try not to be a celebrity monger. Sure I read the headlines in the checkout line and i enjoy the occasional E! show, but I try not to make it my life's work. However, there are a few stars who seem to be human and strike a chord w...

How to cope with losing the family pet

Not all goodbyes are easy, or so my children have recently learned. Since the death of their grandfather and the process of us leaving their father, my children have let go of quite a few remnants of their old life. The most recent loss was my daught...

Teens and grieving, how to help

Sometimes getting teenagers to open up about their feelings is about as easy as getting them to clean their rooms. But grief is something that teens do experience and need to deal with in order to develop into healthy adults. Their grief can stem fro...

The trouble with family visits

I never knew that dying was such a complicated process. I should clarify that statement by adding that the aftermath of a sudden death and the procedures for the family are what seem to be so baffling. Not only are there mountains of paperwork, life ...

Does writing help you reduce health care utilization?

It has often been thought that writing about your feelings can be very useful, particularly in times of stress. Does it help reduce your need for health care services, however? A study in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology attempted to...

Busymom says farewell to her mother after a long journey

For those who have been following Busy Mom's blog, you will be saddened to know that early Thursday morning, at 3:30 a.m., her mother lost her fight with Lung Cancer. Her mother was diagnosed in 2003, and has had a long, hard fight. As our own Heathe...

Blogging Baby Sleepover: Saturday, July 15

Lately my family has been smacked with some horrendous doses of reality. We spend most of the days just trying to put one foot in front of the other as we struggle from one hour to the next while we grapple with the loss of my father. As I ease mysel...

Grieving, applying the stages

Long ago, in one of my family development classes, we studied the stages of grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I could recall watching my grandmother die from cancer when I was 13 and I remembered watching my family trave...

Grief in the very young

Almost two weeks ago we lost my father, just 65, to a heart attack; it was massive and nearly instant. This event has left us reeling with shock and grief as a family. My father was devoted to fitness and nutrition as he endeavored to buck the heart ...

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