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I often feel like children today are faced with grief more often than I ever was as a kid, but maybe I was just lucky or my perception is skewed. Regardless, children experience the loss of people who are important in their lives through accidents, illness, suicide and catastrophic events.
This is my first Mother’s Day since Mom died, a little over three months ago. But just because I am grieving my way through Mother’s Day doesn’t make it not Mother’s Day.
This year, my children’s particular brand of Mother’s Day mayhem will be lavished on their Grandma Gloria – my mom – who is watching them while we are away.
Many of us forge an intense bond with pets. Intense bonds mean intense grief.
All the clichés come home to roost, the stale sentiments finding their marks like characters in a familiar play. There’s old Carpe Diem, lurking in the wings, who reminds that it could all be gone tomorrow, so buy the shoes today even if they’re not on sale. There’s What He Would Have Wanted, who took over as my fingers sent long over-sharing emails to strangers who also loved him. Always standing center stage is But Wait, There’s More – the trips I’d been planning for us in my head, the gifts I’d not yet given him.
As a teenager, my grief was killing me, but no one allowed me to grieve. I had no one to talk to about these thoughts.
During the grieving process, there are painful emotions people tend to push aside. A newly offered Healthy Grieving class through Community Colleges of Spokane ACT 2 aims to help people who have faced loss by encouraging written exercises and discussion.
Anyone who’s experienced grief will be moved by Patrick Ness’ story of a lonely 12-year-old boy and the massive woody monster who befriends him. Beautifully realized onscreen by director J.A. Bayona, it’s a universal tale of how human beings cope with the unbearable pain of the death of a parent.
Dear Annie advice column for Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016.
Britain’s Prince Harry has said he wishes he had spoken sooner about the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Harry, who was 12 when Diana died in a car crash in 1997, said in video released Monday that it isn’t a sign of weakness to speak about problems.
The Spokesman-Review sent a correspondent to Des Moines, Iowa, to explore the question: What will Spokane be like without saloons?
It was the middle of July and for the past month I had cleaned, painted and made minor repairs on a rental house my parents own across the street from my home. For two weeks, the temperatures were in the high 90’s to over 100 degrees. I was hot, sweaty, breathing bathroom chemical fumes and digging out mildewed caulking in a shower stall when I thought, “So, this is what happens when your honey-do done gone. You’re responsible for it all.”
Modern veterinary science is a technically advanced field. Some animals receive not just X-rays but sophisticated scans such as MRIs. If you visit a large veterinary hospital you will find cats getting chemotherapy and dogs on the receiving end of complicated surgeries. Naturally, a lot of the training vet students receive is focused on the “hard science” parts of what they will do as practicing veterinarians. But there’s also a softer side to veterinary medicine that’s increasingly being recognized where vet students are trained. I learned about it from Dr. Kathy Ruby, a licensed counselor who works for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.
Q. I have a neighbor who is hospitalized frequently. Sometimes when she is not home, I am concerned she has been admitted again to the hospital, but when I call and ask if she is there, they refuse to tell me. Why so secretive? A. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that oversees transferring health insurance, fraud and abuse and also protects patients’ health information – and that includes a privacy rule enacted in 2003.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Mixed in with the hot-dog stands, souvenir T-shirt tents, barbecue pits and model airplanes is a different kind of booth this year behind the grandstand at the 49th annual National Championship Air Races. Race organizers have contracted with a private firm to provide two grief counselors to help spectators and participants alike deal with what is sure to be an emotional return for some after last year's deadly crash.