Widower Wearing Wedding Ring Sparks Huge Discussion

Recently I was asked to contribute to a discussion on this topic that attracted over 4,500 online comments. The topic was launched by a woman who confronted a widower about his wearing a wedding band eight months after his wife passed. The following article was featured on Bored Panda, an international online publication. Woman ConfusedContinue reading Widower Wearing Wedding Ring Sparks Huge Discussion

A Shout Out to Everyone Trying Right Now

A couple of weeks ago, Brother Larry Ahrens shared a brief thought from SC Laurie titled “A Shout Out to Everyone Trying Right Now.” This amazingly well-put-together thought was also written about so poignantly last week by Brother Tom Peyton. At that time, I posed the idea with Tom about offering articles built around thisContinue reading “A Shout Out to Everyone Trying Right Now”

Grief opens the mind to that we cannot explain

Last week Larry Aherns, one of our brother’s shared a short inspirational piece entitled: “A shout out to everyone who is trying right now” by S.C. Lourie. Lourie is an author and blogger from the U.K. who writes of hope to all who have suffered a loss. She suffered a miscarriage a few years agoContinue reading “Grief opens the mind to that we cannot explain”

NEW YEAR – NEW RELATIONSHIPS?

While being prepped for an emergency hernia operation four months after my wife’s death, I instructed the doctors three times that I wanted a “Do Not Resuscitate” order in place. I saw this as an opportunity to rejoin my wonderful wife of 45 years. Many hours later ­― I woke up! The immediate question thatContinue reading NEW YEAR – NEW RELATIONSHIPS?

The Grief Club:  My strength and hope

                                                           I never imagined that I would be a member of this group at age sixty-three. It’s a group no one wants to join, but circumstances, the loss of a loved one, put me into this club. You and I are part of a group of strangers, most of whom we would never haveContinue reading “The Grief Club:  My strength and hope”

Home for the Holidays? Finding my “New Normal”

My Dear Brothers, For the last article that I have the privilege of sharing with you this year, I want to share the article that started it all for me. In 2015, the Heartland Hospice Association asked me to contribute an article for their Holiday Newsletter. With Herb’s indulgence and your patience, I would likeContinue reading Home for the Holidays? Finding my “New Normal”

A Celibate Life

“To the unmarried and the widows, I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am.”                                                             1 Corinthians 7:8 The Apostle Paul had strong reasons for being single. Now that you are single again, you may be asking yourself whether the single life is best for you for the restContinue reading “A Celibate Life”

Which Internet dating site is the “best” one?

When I speak to groups or talk to new clients, I can count on hearing questions about dating sites; which one should I use and which is the “best” one? Over the years,I’ve come to understand what they’re really asking is: (1) Where are the good people? (2) Where will I meet the person ofContinue reading “Which Internet dating site is the “best” one?”

A Village of One

A Village of One I will soon experience my 7th Christmas without my wife, Robyn. With December having arrived, my residence that would have been transformed by Robyn into a Winter Wonderland remains unchanged. While I have plans to decorate, the result, while acceptable, will be missing a key component, her charm. Brothers, we haveContinue reading “A Village of One”