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July 2016 Blog Posts (27)

Five great Ted Talks about grief

I found these Ted Talks about grief very interesting.  Passing along in case they may be of help to others.

Added by jojen on July 3, 2016 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment

Questions Asked and Answered

After reading through a lot of the threads on here, I see that we all get asked the same types of questions from friends, family and even strangers. I had responded with something similar to this on social media recently, and after looking at posts here with the same theme I thought I would expand it somewhat for folks who suffer the same insipid questions every day. This kind of sums up my “stock” answers to those oh-so-common questions: 



Added by Pointbass on July 3, 2016 at 5:45am — 6 Comments

Writing Things Down

I feel like I should be writing this down. Maybe it'll help. I don't know where, or if, I'll publish it, but at least I'll have written it.

Some days are better than others. Some days, I can laugh and make witty commentary and make people believe that everything's okay, and that the piece of brass hanging around my neck isn't the metal that burned with my love's body. And then some days, I remember that there's still a bathroom that no one else will clean. That I decorated in…


Added by Medea on July 3, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Surviving Parent

 My oldest son called me late last night. My heart always seems to stop and I have a hard time breathing when I get a call late at night from one of the kids. In this case it was 2am where he was in Daytona Beach. "Dad! This place, this whole experience is incredible. I don't even know how to describe it. My hotel room is on the beach, literally on the beach. I mean I could go swimming right now." Ok, I can breathe again. He works for NBC Sports on their NASCAR broadcasts. He's been doing it…


Added by Widow_erDad on July 2, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Little things...

Someone posted a link to a story that a doctor had written about losing his wife to cancer.

This an excerpt from that and it really touched home with me.  It is all those little things that are emotional triggers for me.

“Our life together was gone, and carrying on without her was exactly that,…


Added by jojen on July 2, 2016 at 5:43am — 1 Comment

Cleaning Out a Workspace

Clearing out an artist’s studio is a challenge that only those in an identical situation can understand. We purchased a new home 6 months before my wife died, and the purchase/move was primarily to get her into a newer, better suited studio space. She had just completed a 6 month chemotherapy program and was really dragged out and weak, so I assumed the task of moving and resetting her studio in preparation for her renewed strength after beating cancer one more time. Bunny was getting…


Added by Pointbass on July 2, 2016 at 4:04am — 3 Comments

Our story...

On January 20, 2008 I was at the Atlanta airport waiting to depart on a vacation to Thailand.  I had purchased an iPod touch to keep in contact with family here while I was away.  Atlanta was experiencing an ice storm and they had opened the doors to the homeless as shelter from the cold.  My brother-in-law had driven me to the airport the evening before because I did not want to miss my flight due to icy roads the next morning.  So it was a mixture of stranded…


Added by jojen on July 2, 2016 at 3:45am — 1 Comment

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