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Fighting Winter Despair

Here we are in the post-holiday pall. While the holidays are difficult for those who have experienced a loss of any kind, they are stressful to some degree for all of us. We eat too much, drink too much, spend too much and in many cases have “too much” family or possibly, too little. And […]

The Gift of Storm Ashford

I found myself in the grocery store early this morning. I know this is simply crazy. Let me explain- for all of you who do not live in New England, there is a kind of grocery shopping frenzy that envelopes us when there is news that a snow storm is rolling in. This particular storm […]

Conflicted Grief: Loss and Guilt during the Holidays

Grief, while difficult to deal with at any time, is often magnified at moments of celebration. Holidays are times not only of celebration, rituals and traditions; they are also times of sharing memories and with those memories we all face loss and sadness. This is one of the reasons so many people have difficulty at […]

The Newtown Tragedy and Valentine’s Day

“If we want a love message to be heard, it has to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.” ~Mother Teresa~ This Valentine’s Day is also the two month anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, CT. On this day when we celebrate love, it seems fitting […]