I retired from the funeral profession in December of 2011, about the same time my grandson, Jake, was born. Although I received much reward from my job, I felt it was time to devote my days to what I enjoyed doing. Crocheting and reading and lunch with friends was fun. I became a Hospice volunteer and was able to devote more time to my non-profit which provided educational programs and support groups for bereaved families and much needed help for our emergency first responders and military personnel. Unfortunately, two years ago I had to dissolve my non-profit company for lack of funding. I’ll be honest, it was one of the hardest choices I have ever made. With the folding of the company, I deleted my three websites and basically withdrew from life for a while.
Since then, I have relocated from Texas to Ohio to be closer to Jake, his family and my daughter in Nashville. After much soul searching, I have decided I NEED to continue my work to offer help to others but on a limited scale. This website will feature many of the articles that I and others have written in the past with the hope that their words will help you in whatever your struggles may be. Grief is not just about the feelings we have after a loved one dies but many, many other events that happen in our lives.
We are coming into the holiday season when many people struggle with grief, I will start to add some articles you may find helpful. If you would like to write for this blog, I am happy to review your article(s) and edit it if necessary. Please include a brief bio and a photo. I do not accept articles from paid professional writers who charge a fee or are promoting their company. I want this site to host true stories written by people who have experienced grief, divorce, post traumatic stress, addiction and other distressing events. As time allows, I will be adding links to books and other helpful sites.
Thank you in advance for your support in this endeavor. I hope to reconnect with former friends and law enforcement, 911 Dispatchers, firefighters and EMS professionals I have met in the past.