It’s not the destination, but the journey.

Final resting place. My family (Mom, sister with her fiancée and kids) were here this past week to spread Ron's (my step father) ashes in the Rocky Mountains. Since he didn't specify where to spread his ashes, it was left up to us to decide. He really should have known better. There was a plan,... Continue Reading →

This is what happens to your stuff when you die.

We held an Estate Sale for our late friend this weekend. His house has sold, so we need to get the stuff out before the closing on the 14th. As the executor of his estate, Hubby and I cleaned and priced it all. How do you put value on another person's stuff? Was that his... Continue Reading →

I think they are making themselves at home

So, the saga continues... Let me just say (again) if you die and the executor of your will is not a relative, well, that makes things really complicated! Everything has to go through probate. Any living relatives (no matter how far removed) get a chance to contest the will. Don't  forget to get the will... Continue Reading →

Inheriting dogs

I have mentioned that my husband's best friend from high school passed away a few weeks ago. In his will, Husband was willed his black lab. And because the friend's father also died a few weeks before him, he had inherited a French poodle. We intern, inherited both dogs! Choosing an executor of your will: ... Continue Reading →

Grief lives here.

Most of my life I had been sheltered from grief. Up until I was 18 years old death didn't touch my life. Then, a dear friend committed suicide.  That was my first experience with death. Funeral. Grief. Suicide. Guilt. This year we have had to say good-bye to a lot of family, friends & a... Continue Reading →

An end to a long illness. ALS.

I just got back from Missouri. My step-father, Ron McCormick lost his long battle with ALS. He was diagnosed over 10 years ago, which is a testament to the care he received from my mother and various caregivers. Lifespan is typically 3-5 years once diagnosed with ALS. ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is:... Continue Reading →

Helping kids grieve the loss of a beloved pet.

Dealing with the death of a beloved pet is hard enough on us, the adults. Helping children through the grieving process can be heart wrenching. Monday was the ultimate bad day. We had to make the decision to euthanize our Beagle, Bailey. She has been sick for some time. She had Cushing's Disease. The disease,... Continue Reading →

helping children cope with the loss of a pet

Tonight we had a mouse funeral. It was a simple and understated funeral. Her name was Lily. She was white with black spots. She was a funny mouse. Always the one trying to find a way to get out of the cage. And she "talked" to us. She would hang out in Alex's shirt pocket.... Continue Reading →

an als kind of birthday

Ron McCormick turns 62 years old today. It's a birthday to celebrate. He should eat lots of sugar-loaded cake. He should open presents from loved ones. He should kick up his heels, dance a little, maybe on a table. But he can't because he was diagnosed with a fatal disease called ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis... Continue Reading →

in memory of…

I finally finished Tom's memory page. Glenn's dad passed away in November 2008 but I have just had the inspiration to finish his page. I think Glenn will like the tribute to his dad. We had a mouse funeral last week. One of Alex's pet mice, Miley, died. Alex was very upset, understandably. We chose to... Continue Reading →

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