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Managing Grief During the Holidays

For those who are experiencing pain or loss, the holidays can be a sticky wicket. For the past few Christmases, my family has had to find ways to face the happiest time of year, during one of the darkest seasons – my husband’s battle with ALS. It’s been an imperfect process, but I hope our discoveries can help you and […]

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Preparing for the Unexpected. Two Things Everyone Should Do.

Nobody wants to think about end of life planning when they’re in the thick of things, picking up kids from daycare and planning family vacations. Additionally, nobody wants to think that they could need advance planning because of a tragic accident or an unexpected illness. However, if you could make things easier for those left behind, wouldn’t you want to […]

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The Best Decision I Could Make

Julia is an energetic almost five year old who is happy to have started kindergarten this fall. She loves playing with her little sister, running, laughing, singing and dancing. It’s hard to believe that she’s been through nearly three years of chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She missed birthday parties, holidays, play dates and many other fun things kids her […]

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Got Philanthropy?

Why do we use a hard to spell, hard to pronounce, four-syllable word like philanthropy to describe the basic human quality of caring? To me, philanthropy is the basic concept of people helping people. Philanthropy can be helping a neighbor rake their yard, visiting someone’s CaringBridge site and leaving a message or cheering someone on at a race. “I’m not […]

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Connecting Military Families and Loved Ones

As a military spouse living in Japan, I’ve seen that military spouses are strong women and men who pursue unique, portable careers while managing entire households alone for months at a time. Everyone always has the best intentions of helping when a military family member is deployed or an entire family is living far away for a significant period of […]

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