Over the past two months I have had the privilege of presenting this workshop in person and virtually across the region. Friends Life Care has made a recording available, and I hope you find it to be a helpful support through your holidays while grieving.
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A Note of Hope for the Single Folks
This personal tale is meant to instill audacious hope in those of you longing for a partner. Over the years in my most pleading prayers, I’d ask for a partner. But, careful not to be greedy or ungrateful, these prayers were modest and meek. “If I could just meet a *decent* guy. He doesn’t haveContinue reading “A Note of Hope for the Single Folks”
The Freedom of Community
In community, we share the burden of life. We share joys and we share trials. When we are committed to others outside of ourselves and our nuclear families, life becomes more complex, but enriched. At times you may feel burdened by your community. You wanted to go to the pool today, but a close friendContinue reading “The Freedom of Community”
When a Friendship Ends
You’ve been dumped by a friend. Or are baffled by a friend’s slow withdrawal. Or you are beginning to recognize that someone you thought was a friend was in fact not. Or you just noticed one day that life has changed and that a friendship that was once dear to you is now… past tense?Continue reading “When a Friendship Ends”
“I Regret Nothing”
“Live life with no regrets.” “Regret is a form of punishment itself.” “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” “No regrets in life, just lessons learned.” “Appreciate everything, regret nothing.” “Regret” has become a dirty word in our culture, or at least in my generation. To look back and regret poorContinue reading ““I Regret Nothing””
“Don’t Send Me Flowers When I’m Dead”: The Gift of a Living Eulogy
In 2003, when I was 23 years old and my Nana was 79, I wrote a humorous piece about her that I titled, “Nana Banana.” Half-ode, half-roast, it served as a living eulogy to honor one of the women who raised me. Nan talked about death a lot. It was alarming to me as aContinue reading ““Don’t Send Me Flowers When I’m Dead”: The Gift of a Living Eulogy”
This coming weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and I’m already noticing a different pace of life. More “out of office” alerts. Slower response time. Shifting schedules. And every year I think how good this is. To have a season that feels inherently more leisurely and provides opportunities for things like weeknight dinner gatherings,Continue reading “Relax”
Unmoored: A Guide for Grieving People
My new book is out and available! Take a look inside and order here: https://www.amazon.com/Unmoored-Angela-Dora-Dobrzynski-LPC/dp/B09ZCQPKZC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=ZOBG4IQE7L7X&keywords=unmoored+a+guide+for+grieving+people&qid=1652106567&sprefix=unmoored%2Caps%2C107&sr=8-1
What Are the Stages of Grief?
The “Stages of Grief” that people refer to often are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. These stages, however, were never meant to describe the process of grief after a death. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the psychiatrist who proposed those stages in her 1969 book “On Death and Dying” was studying the processes of terminally ill patientsContinue reading “What Are the Stages of Grief?”
Drink water. Especially if you have been crying a lot. Drink water. To feel the cool trickle down your throat. Drink water. Let it renew you. Drink water. Because you are alive.