Choosing AND…

“You should be grateful.” Just typing it made me cringe.  How many of us have been told how we should be while grieving? It’s always insulting.  Then the holiday season comes like icing on the cake. A punch to the gut. Thanksgiving.  Be thankful!  Be grateful! It can be nauseating to even think about what […]

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New Year. New Grief?

2023 here we come! New Years Resolutions will soon fill your social media feeds. Your friends conversations.  New Year! New You!  Pressure to be thinner.  Smarter.  Eat better.  Read more.  Complain less.  You will be encouraged to leave 2022 behind.  Those of you living in heavy grief don’t get to leave what happened in 2022 […]

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Acceptance is allegedly the final stage of grief, but there’s has been so much research done since Elizabeth Kubler Ross came up with the 5 Stages of Grief. While acceptance is a very important part of your grief journey, I am fairly certain that is not where it ends.  So, what IS next for you? […]

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Love. Love. Love

“The ultimate price of love is grief.”  How many of us have heard that while we are grieving? I want to believe that well meaning people tell us things in grief in an attempt to help us.  Most of what we hear is true, but when it comes to grief, timing is everything and if […]

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Celebration of Life 2022

Flowers Candles Music Kleenex Support Love Why do we choose to celebrate those lives we serve at The Retreat Hospice? Why choose to Celebrate at all? Celebrate and hospice aren’t two words that we put together often. We know there is so much more to end of life care than just taking care of the […]

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(Not) Guilty

“Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion to death.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross End of life decisions are perhaps the most difficult, we look back and question everything. Then we end up questioning why we are questioning our decisions in the first place.  It can be exhausting. It is exhausting. Should I have taken them to […]

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