Marriage

This Week’s Good News!

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Last week’s good news spotlighted a couple in their 100s who got married to live happily ever after in their remaining years. This week’s post spotlights the wedding industry again but shines the light on an unexpected flower girl who nailed her flowery performance!

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The Experience of Loss and Grief.

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Divorce As An Experience of Loss and Grief.

Sit down some day and take the time to write down as many experiences of loss that you can recall during your lifetime.  Quite naturally, you will list times of grief resultant from a death in the family, grave illness, and the like.  But there are other losses that we experience that can have just as much of an impact on our lives.  The end of a marriage is one of those.

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The article linked above does a great job at shining the spotlight on the loss that is experienced when a marriage ends through divorce.  Even if both parties to the marriage come to a mutual decision on the matter, the parties oftentimes enter a period of mourning.  Understandably they feel a certain sense of relief at the conclusion of the divorce process, but a feeling of loss becomes a very unexpected part of their lives going forward.

My thanks to this Blogger for giving couples permission to acknowledge the loss they are feeling at the dissolution of their marriage – even one for which they were both on board.

The Silent Cry of the Caregiver – AARP

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Challenges of Providing Care for Spouse or Parents – AARP.

A 2012 issue of AARP The Magazine contained an exceptional and gritty article about caregiving.  The focus is primarily on the role a spouse plays in taking care of a dying spouse – in this case, a wife with ovarian cancer – but the caregiver may also be attending to an ailing spouse or parent with a debilitating disease such as Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

Sick woman in bedIn the article linked above, Bill Newcott discusses how he hunkered down and tried to fix what ailed his wife.  The first paragraph of the article will grab you:

It’s the one vow that can really come back and bite you in the butt: “…in sickness and in health.”  On your wedding day the phrase conjures up visions of tiptoeing into a sun-drenched bedroom with lunch on a tray for your wife…What you don’t expect it to mean is crouching in the harsh fluorescent glare of a hospital treatment room and holding her head to yours, trying not to faint as a technician inserts a large needle between her ribs to suction two liters of fluid from her lungs.”

The role of a caregiver is one that not many will be able to avoid.  Currently across America 43.5 million people are caring for a loved one who is 50 years or older.  I’ve done it.  My brother’s done it.  Chances are, you’re doing it too.

AARP Caregiving Resource Center  is a magnificent tool for all of you who are involved in caregiving.  If you’re sitting there saying you don’t have time to check out this caregiving resource, you need it more than you can imagine.

Please start taking care of yourself and check out the resources that have been developed just for you.

HUMOR!!!!! Men’s and Women’s Brains: are they different?

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The difference between Men’s and Women’s Brains is  a very entertaining video, and I think you’ll all find something in this humorous video that might resonate in your own life.

Please take the time to view the video, especially those of you who don’t think you have 13 minutes in which to be entertained by humor that might make a difference in your mood and/or your behavior today.

I wish the best for all of you on this first full day of Summer 2012.