When The Holidays Are Bittersweet

By: Julie Thompson Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. As a child, I have fond memories of going with my parents and younger brother to the Christmas tree farm. We would brave the cold and snow in search of the “perfect” Christmas tree. Once we got the tree back...

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The Gift of Gratitude

By: Heather Wolper The other day I sat at a red light on my way to the grocery store. As I waited, I began to tick through a mental list of things we needed, milk, eggs, grapes, bread. . . And then I noticed the line of cars crossing my...

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Be Careful What You Pray For

By: Christine Fishel At the end of 2016, I was exhausted from the distress of helping to move my parents into an assisted living facility. At 48, I was struggling to keep my energy level up to continue my mothering of 4 school-age children, keeping the house together while my...

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Grief = “Peeling the Onion”

By: Cara Barth “Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.” ~ Carl Sandburg I was thinking this week about the coming holidays and how this time of year can be so difficult for folks and be a real trigger for grief...

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Searching for Joy Without My Mother

By: Amanda Loduca (Guest Blogger) It seems to me that most of my problems are linked to my mother’s absence. A few examples: My toddler and I often have nowhere to go; Mom was retired and lived only a minute away. I worry that I bother people with my little...

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Opening Grief’s Door…AGAIN!

By: Cara Barth So how many times have I heard from friends, family, and even myself these words, “I thought I was DONE with feeling this pain…when will it end!?” Well, let me tell you, A LOT! I find myself having these thoughts now and then, especially when I am...

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Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers (Book Review)

Book review by: Cathy DiBella (Guest Blogger) “I could not recall attachment, closeness, memories of the scent of Mother’s perfume, the feel of her skin, the sound of her voice singing in the kitchen, the solace of her rocking, holding, and comforting me, the intellectual stimulation, and joy of being...

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Help For The Weary

By: Heather Wolper Sometimes life hits like a flood, covering land that was fertile and green with deep muddy water. The blooms and crops of harvest disappear beneath the weight of water and silt. Bone numbing weariness sets in overwhelming the strongest of backs and the most resilient of workers....

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When Guilt Sets In

By: Amanda Loduca (Guest Blogger) Everyone who’s lost a mother has a different story to tell. Many are quick to include a phrase that digs deep and hurts my soul, because I cannot say the same: “My mom was my best friend.” I am truly happy for those women who...

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Getting Through the Neon Year

By: Mary Ellen Collins I have a friend named Kim who just celebrated her 52nd birthday. She is happy and she is scared. This is the year. She is fearful. She doesn’t want to leave her husband, kids, and family. She is not sick. No horrible diagnosis. No impending loss...

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