It finally happened. I'd read about it in some widow groups that I'm a member of, but had never personally experienced it myself. I've even had the audacity to think to myself, "Wow, these women know some really insensitive people!" And now, I stand corrected. My wonderful neighborhood has a ...
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Another Coping Mechanism:  Salt Lamps By: Jill Hochman Board Member Hope for Widows Foundation   Have you ever seen a salt lamp?  They look like this: Some people think they are beautiful.  Some people (including me) think they are ugly.  No mater your opinion, they can provide some benefits to ...
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Those pesky “on this day seven years ago” Facebook running reminders are torturous. On this day seven years ago I was at the Brooklyn Arts Museum with my husband. We weren’t married or engaged at the time, but dating. We'd together for 14 months, and I must’ve been inebriated when ...
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It was the second July since my husband John's suicide and my first July living in San Diego. My best friend since teenage-hood, Lynnette and I were desperate to get away from our five children. We had recently become roommates and drink-as-we-might to blend our two single-mom families into one, ...
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Growing up, I’d sleep with the hallway light on to be safe from the monsters of darkness.When I was four, five or six years old if I heard a stir, real or not, I’d climb out of bed and pitter-patter to my sister's room and creek the door open. “I ...
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Zentangle art work above by author, Jill Hochman I used to doodle in class or in meetings.  Well, it turns out doodling is actually helpful for concentration and stress relief.  I was doodling to help me understand, stay focused, and deal with stress. All of us are experts on stress ...
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My husband passed away the Monday before Thanksgiving. It was also the week of my ten-year high school reunion. I wasn’t thankful for anything, and I wasn’t going to rekindle friendships with anyone. Instead, I found myself talking to the moon, wishing my husband could hear me begging him for ...
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