Not Reduced, But Refined

Not Reduced, But Refined

Within 10 minutes of sending out the newsletter last Sunday, I got a reply from a reader in the UK. Her beloved had succumbed to the disease after several years. My stepmom died a couple hours after that, exactly a week after her 61st birthday. I’ve lost seven people...
What Are You Hoping For?

What Are You Hoping For?

Updated 9/25/17 “What are you hoping for?” What a great question, right? Have you ever given it any thought?   The Hope System I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time several years ago, as a boss was cleaning off his desk. He handed...
Here’s What Happened

Here’s What Happened

  Here’s What Happened Updated 9/23/17: Early this year, I took an unexplained leave of absence from sending out my weekly newsletter. My amazing readers reached out to see if I’d fallen off the planet. I told them what happened.   How We Met Our Fairy...
More Entries on The Road Map: Dying

More Entries on The Road Map: Dying

When I write about my experiences working with over 1,100 people living with dementia and their families, I think of it as “a way to somehow make sense of what can often feel inexplicable,” I recently told my readers. “It’s a way to try to construct a road map for...
A Few Markers on The Roadmap of Grief

A Few Markers on The Roadmap of Grief

Updated August 6, 2017 Making A Roadmap I try to share something that would be helpful to you in my blog posts. Something about communication, “behavior” management, planning ahead, making the decision to move to memory care, medications, what have you....