pet loss poems

Pet Loss Poems to Heal Your Heart and Soul

Pet Loss Poems: To Heal Your Heart and Soul was written because people who suffer pet loss grief need a soft place to land.

Is your heart raw from the loss of your pet? Are you struggling to find peace in your daily routine that you once shared with your beloved companion?

In this book I am sharing with you forty-one pet loss grief poems I wrote to help my clients heal their grief and find solace on a daily basis.

Writing them also helped the process of healing my grief when helping my clients with their journey.

Each poem …

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baby

My Abusive Childhood

As bad as the physical and emotional abuse was, there was something else going on, meted out by Mother herself, which she saved for special times.

By: Rose Marie Abrams

….. It was here that the introduction to the foster mother, whom I would know as Mother, began. From the first day, Mother took control of me. At first, Mom was not allowed to hold or feed me, and over the next few months, she was forbidden to bathe, change, or dress me. The frilly little dresses that she had brought for me to wear were thrown out, and instead, …

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hospital room entrance

What It’s Like to Get Cancer, and Be a Caregiver, as Young Adults

“This has to be a joke – watch me have cancer or some bullshit like that,” Tom replied, clearly caught off guard by what the doctor had just told us.

It was at this point that time started to stand still. After a brief wait, the doctor came back into the room. There seemed to be a shadow of some sort near his lung and they wanted to do a CT scan of his chest. We were not sure what he meant by shadow, but he informed us that it could be a mass of some sort or an infection …

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world war II

WWII and Goering’s Backup Plan: An Atomic Bomb

England, 1940. Following Dunkirk, it is only a question of when Hitler will invade, not if. Hermann Goering convinces him to prepare for possible failure, but he has a backup plan: an atomic bomb.

The Reichsmarschall enjoyed the sound his beautifully shined shoes made upon the spacious, marble-paved hallways of the New Reich Chancellery. He enjoyed the familiar tightness of his crisply-pressed uniform, the dignified weight of the medals pinned to it, the heavy ivory baton—as long as a man’s thigh—he carried to mark his rank. Glancing out the many stately windows that lined the hallway, he enjoyed the way …

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family drives

Tips for Long Drives with Your Family

While being on long drives can be fun, safety should still be the number one priority for you. Here are some tips to make sure that your long trip with your family is safe and fun.

Sometimes, you just want to escape the city with your family. Take a vacation somewhere you’ve never been to and strengthen the bond between you and your loved ones. Taking a long drive to get to your destination instead of booking an airplane flight to get there is an excellent idea if you want to make the trip last longer and to help …

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child upset

Tips to Protect Your Child from Bullying

Awareness about bullying is at an all-time high and spotlight on it has become very helpful in trying to stop the spread of bullying.

One of your primary goals as a parent is to keep your children safe. As parents, you try your best to keep your child protected from things that may cause them harm. When your child is born, you take measures to keep your home safe for them, installing baby proofing equipment to make sure that your child is not in any danger when inside your house. Whenever you go out with your child, you always try …

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love

It’s Time for You to Find Romance

In today’s world, online dating is the smart way, the most solid way to find romance. Men especially like dating online, and it is their choice for finding romance.

By: Gail Karpus

I’ve heard it said that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince . . . Well . . . Then my face should be covered with warts!

The saying, “Love needs no map because it can find its way blindfolded” is a lovely quote—but really? Maybe with a cane and a good-looking guide dog by your side . . . Hey, it’s hard …

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organized closet

Who Are You Now? A Guide to Getting and Staying Organized

The organized enough clothing closet: Get rid of hangers and plastic from the dry cleaners immediately. Group items first by category.

“I know myself, but that is all…”
Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

Fitzgerald understood better than most the double-edged sword of the American dream. He also created the character of Gatsby, the iconic self-made man, and yet a tragic one. Today, almost a century later, a vast world of products to buy makes it possible for the average person to reinvent herself anytime she likes. But it is a constant merry-go-round: If you can be anything, what should …

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grief

The Essential Guide to Helping Anyone in Grief

Grief makes us uncomfortable, and we are at a loss as to what to do. Often we blurt out something we shouldn’t. Or, sometimes, we simply do nothing.

I had always considered myself a great friend — encouraging, there to help when needed, sensitive, able to see when people were suffering and how I might comfort them. But when my husband died so suddenly, I soon came to realize that, when it came to helping someone who was grieving … I KNEW VERY, VERY LITTLE!

As I began my own journey of grief, I became painfully aware that in the …

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effects of war

War is Hell and Then There is PTSD

PTSD is the mind’s own grim reaper that has one, single purpose…to kill the human spirit over time.

A few blocks away, a boy on a bicycle peddled in their direction. Although the 13-year-old was never greeted warmly, everyone knew Harvey. His bike had a bent pedal that nicked the frame slightly, warning that he was coming. This morning, his first stop was a block north on Market Street.

As he rounded the corner, two neighbors talking over their fence abruptly stopped upon seeing him. They stared, wondering where he was going. They resumed their conversation only when he’d passed. …

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senior care

7 Easy Ways to Support Caregivers

If someone in your life is a caregiver, you should step up and do what you can to care for them. However, this is often much more difficult than it seems.

If someone in your life is acting as a caregiver, then you know just how demanding this job can be. It is so important for caregivers of all types to be able to reduce stress and find peace and calm in their chaotic lives. However, this is often much more difficult than it seems. Due to the nature of their jobs, many caregivers are so dedicated to caring for

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Bali Indonesia

A Journey from the Boardroom to Bali and Back

He made the bold, audacious, and potentially career-ending decision to travel with his family to Bali on an eight-month sabbatical.

The kids didn’t wake until late morning. One by one they emerged from their jet-lagged slumber. We introduced them to Putu and Made, but there was no time to linger. We were already late for a tour of their school, which we had arranged through Ben McCrory, the school’s head of admissions. Victoria and I rushed them through a quick meal and herded them into the rental car Nyoman would drive.

On the ride to school, Nyoman drove aggressively, leaving …

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single women

The New Old Maid: Satisfied Single Women

She has no regrets about remaining single because she’s gotten to have the life she dreamed about since she was a young girl.

By: Maureen Paraventi

It hardly needs to be said that women who remain single lead very different lives than their married counterparts. So why am I saying it?

Society has long focused on what single women don’t have – husbands – while ignoring what we do have: independence and autonomy. The freedom to do whatever one wants, whenever one wants to do it was a recurring theme raised by the women that I talked to.

Traditionalists may …

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missile defense system

U.S. National Missile Defense Scrambles to Defend All American Families

We boomers have repeatedly faced the threat of nuclear missile attack since we practiced duck and cover in elementary school. Many of our generation are concerned about possible impacts to their families as diplomatic and military moves play out on the Korean peninsula over ballistic missile proliferation.

So I thank Rita Morgan for letting me provide this guest commentary to her readers.

I’m speaking up because I have some expertise regarding the strengths and weaknesses of America’s missile defense capabilities. I gained it by working 25 years in the military and in the aerospace industry helping develop the Army’s Mid-course …

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my baby

I Gave My Baby to Strangers

Before I could argue my case any further, the courtroom doors opened and the bailiff called my name. By signing my baby away, to strangers, my life could return to the way it had been.

By: Margaret Mott

I touched my mother’s arm and pleaded in one last desperate attempt to stop the events from unfolding. “Please don’t make me do this”.

“Don’t start.”  She sat stiffly in her black dress, her court attire, as though she was at a funeral.  She was – mine.

Mom insisted that I wear the new white dress she had bought me as though …

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