Healthy Grieving

by Peggy Sweeney Adults frequently associate grief with the death of someone loved. However, this is not the only reason we grieve. We confront grief whenever we experience a loss or traumatic event: a divorce, retirement, a debilitating illness or injury, addiction, abuse, the aftermath of a fire, flood, or an earthquake. The list of …

Human Kindness

by Peggy Sweeney I have been very blessed in my life to be able to be a small part of several human kindness professions. Everyday people who dedicate and risk their lives to protect, serve and care for others: law enforcement and correctional officers 911 emergency dispatchers firefighters (as of 2018, 67% were volunteer) pre-hospital …

Friend

  Don't tell me that you understand, don't tell me that you know, Don't tell me that I will survive or how I will surely grow. Don't tell me that this is just a test, that I am truly blessed. That I am chosen for this task, apart from all the rest. Don't come at …

Missing You

by Peggy Sweeney Author's Note: This is a story about my child who is estranged from his family.  In August of 1977, a baby was placed in my arms at Chicago's O’Hara Airport. Just four and half months old, he arrived from Seoul, Korea. He was the second of two babies my husband and I …