Welcome to the Overcoming Grief Blog

After the publication of FROM WE TO ME in 2013, and after much urging by my publicist, a terrific website builder and I developed my website. The greatest part of this decision, further on, was creating THE OVERCOMING GRIEF section. I was able to write a new story twice a month and continue sharing my views and experiences after the loss of my husband. As of today, over seventy grief blogs are at your fingertips. Ah . . . the miracle of our computers and the social network!

I think the most important part of grief recovery is just that . . . recovering day by day the best you can. And also recognizing that grief is grief whether it is the loss of a spouse, child, dog, health or career. The emotions are all the same or at least similar. How we get through this grief process is important as is respecting that each person does it in a different way.

If you are hurting, if you have someone in your life who is hurting or if you are curious about grief, please read these stories. Having a box of tissues handy is a good idea too!

Thank you to you all my faithful readers.

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It Never Stops

It Never Stops

I wrote this in the days following the Paris attack in October. I hope you can read the tragedy between the lines.

How do I feel since the first 9/11 in 2001?

How do I feel since the first 9/11 in 2001?

The reality of the terrorism in our world became very real to me when my nine year old granddaughter recently asked me, “Mamie, am I safe from terrorism?” I had to stop and think because I wanted to be honest with her. Perhaps honest with myself, better describes my reaction to her question. We all […]

The Day the Stones Cried

The Day the Stones Cried

Several years  ago we visited the ground zero area.  This story originated there and hopefully will impact you with its implications and meaning….

A Fire Within Me

A Fire Within Me

I share with you my battle with depression.  I am a staunch supporter of intervention regarding this condition, truly believing that Mental Illness is much like a cancer when not treated.  It can be treated allowing the patients to live normal, healthy and happy lives. The daily newspapers, local and international T.V. reporting and our […]

A Denial

A Denial

Written in memory of my first husband’s passing nineteen years ago, I share my observations of the courage it takes to look ahead in the shadow of illness. A week after John died, my beloved niece was getting married.  Of course the timing was rough and my not attending would have been an option.  But […]

The Beach

The Beach

Another story based on this same trip to France. I think it is fitting on this commemoration of D-Day — igniting our pride as Americans while mourning the loss of so many young lives.

The Doorbell

The Doorbell

This is one of my first attempts at writing fiction. Yet, the story is based on the real life events following D-day.  All of us who have sent someone off to war or experienced it ourselves will feel the sadness when the officer arrives at the door. My day started like all the others in […]

Land

Land

Visiting Normandy, France was a life changing event in my life. I know that the majority of visitors are changed after gazing at thousands of grave markers that identify so many young people’s lost lives. I hope you can feel the mystery of this part of the world that holds fast the final breath of […]

I Have Choices

I Have Choices

With D day memorials just around the corner in June and the world situation as such — this story gives us things to ponder. My son said something years ago that made me think.  I especially remembered his words as we stood peering over the grave markers of thousands of troops buried in Normandy, France.  […]

air travel

Traveling Alone

I share my story of traveling by myself after the death of my first husband. Memories invade my head and heart and I hope you feel both loss and hope between the lines. Things to reflect is my wish for you. My friend’s husband died five months ago. She has completed a lot of the […]