MyRespects Blog

Returning to Work

Going back to work after bereavement leave can be everything from relief to misery.  Let us address the misery first, so we can leave on an up-note. Here are some of the factors that can make returnin...

How do I handle my loved one's belongings after they have passed?

How do I handle my loved one’s belongings after they have passed?If there is one aspect of losing someone that can take a long time to resolve, it is the process of determining what to do with the per...

Your Loss and Their Expectations

Your Loss and Their ExpectationsOften times, well-intended comments made to someone who has experienced a loss can instead be very insensitive and painful.  Some of these are all-too-familiar, such as...

Speaking to Children About Death

Speaking to Children About DeathThe topic of death can be a tricky subject to discuss with others.  This becomes even more challenging when the conversation involves children.  Recently, there was a s...

Finding Love After Loss

Not all loss is created equally.  If one were to lose a child, it is understood culturally that they will grieve that loss forever, maintaining their fierce love for that child always.  Why...

Coping With the Loss of a Pet

When you have loved an animal truly, their passing can be devastating. In fact, the physical responses of grief can even affect your health.  When it was time to say goodbye to my nearly 15 year...

Farewell to Burt Reynolds

Reynolds was an talented athlete, but a devastating car accident ended his college football career in 1957.   Finding his talent for acting obviously changed the course of his life. Thereafter, Burt...

What is Assisted Suicide?

What is an assisted suicide?  Is it legal? Is it moral? Is it ethical?  Who decides?Assisted suicide is often confused with euthanasia and is sometimes referred to as "mercy killing". &nbs...

Writing Your Loved One's Story

Writing and journaling may not be a part of your daily routine, but during a time of loss, writing in any context can be a meaningful experience. Taking inventory of emotions and occurrences during a...

I Can't Afford to Die

The sad truth in America today, is that older Americans are more afraid of running out of money later in life than they are of death itself.  In fact, according to a recent Transamerica study, 43...

How Will You be Laid to Rest?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “final resting place”?  Until recently, I had not given this subject much thought. I just figured I would be buried when my time comes, becaus...

Seasonal Depression: Celebrating the Holidays After Loss

It’s that time of year again.  Days are getting shorter, and mornings are downright chilly.  Christmas gear is beginning its annual retail take-over, and “pumpkin spice” everything is unavoidable.  So...