Tag: mother's death

In Honor of Stress Awareness Month: Mom, the News, the Weather, and Me

OMG, it was snowing in Chicago on April 16. Did my grandkids wear their winter coats?  But even worse, it was pouring cold rain and extremely windy for the Boston Marathon. My kids and grandkids who live there hoped to watch it because there was no school. And that day’s headlines on Morning Joe: Comey’s... Read more »

On the Second Anniversary of my Mother’s Death

Sheryl Sandberg has a new book about grief and the loss of a loved one. She calls it Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, and its goal is to help people recover the death of someone they loved and find happiness. Today marks the second anniversary of my mother’s death, and I... Read more »

A Tribute to my Mother on the First Anniversary of her Death

My mother died a year ago today. In some ways, it seems like more than a year has passed since she died. Her absence is part of my daily life now. But there are still times when the wound still feels fresh. At some point every day, I think I should call her and have... Read more »

I'm Writing This Book for my Mom

When I started this book writing project, I really thought I could do it over the summer. LOL. This kind of writing is is so much harder than I thought it would be. In this Monday’s installment of my writing journal (AKA Bridget Jones’s Diary for Seniors), it finally dawns on me why I started... Read more »

Cleaning Out Mom’s Apartment – The Final Goodbye

As I approach my 70th birthday, I find myself an orphan. Of course, that is both lucky and sad. Many of my friends faced parental loss at much younger ages. I feel blessed that my parents lived long enough to see my children become adults, marry, and become parents. And yet, cleaning out my mother’s... Read more »

Mother’s Day: A Great Grandchild's Tribute to her Bubbe

This is my first Mother’s Day without Mom. When my mother died last month, my 9-year-old granddaughter asked many questions about what would happen at the funeral. I told her my brothers and I would talk about Bubbe. I explained this was called a eulogy and we would be celebrating her life and sharing our... Read more »

Photos in Frames and Preserving Memories

When my mother died on April 19, we had no problem finding photos to display at her funeral. She had framed pictures all over her apartment – pictures of her parents and parents-in-law, photos of her with my late father dating back to their courtship, numerous family portraits of her rapidly expanding family, wedding photos... Read more »

Reflections on the Death of my Mother

My mother, Evelyn Levine, died April 19 just before midnight. She was 91 and the last member of the Greatest Generation on her side of the family. Her passing was a huge loss for me as well as the end of an era for my family. So forgive me if all I can write about... Read more »