Category Archives: Grief and Loss

A Day in the Life: Troughs and Peaks

There is no undo button in life, but oh, how I wish there were. Raising a child with “issues” is a bit of a lifelong roller coaster ride of heartbreaking troughs and amazing peaks of joy. Unfortunately, after a few … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: Forgiving Myself

I don’t know that I actually hated him, but the news of his sudden death from a massive coronary last week elicited nothing more than an enormous sigh of relief. My childhood abuser, the family sociopath, was dead at age … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: The Book Bully

OK, I know it’s Christmas and everything, and Merry Christmas to all, but my email reminded today of another in a series of bullying incidents by an author who totally turned me off to anything connected with him, and who … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: Dementia

Digital Collage © Barbara Berney. All rights reserved. At the time I first made my notes for this entry, Flo was living in assisted living. Unfortunately, a month later, she had moved to memory care. More about that visit later. … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: Into Every Life a Little Rain Must Fall

It’s raining today. Fits my mood perfectly. Warning: I’m wallowing. Most days, I’m a pretty happy camper, not much stress, grateful for another day on the planet. Today, however, I’m feeling very blue. I’ll admit it. I’m feeling pretty battered … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: Haiku for Death

Digital collage © 2015, Barbara Berney. All rights reserved. He was. He is not. One negotiates not with the angel of death who waits for no man. Gone in the blink of an eye. May he rest in peace. R.I.P. … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: R.I.P. Old Codger

It’s not as though no one I’ve ever known has died suddenly. My mother, for instance. One day, she and my niece are going for dinner and a movie, and the next, she’s gone. Just like that. Or Uncle Harry, … Continue reading

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