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The Link Between Grieving and Estate Organizing

“Grieving is about choosing what to hold onto and what can be let go of.” These words were spoken by Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, author and bereavement social worker, during a daylong workshop The Art of Saying Goodbye.  I’m glad that I was seated when she said this, because you could have knocked me over with that proverbial feather.  […]

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Exploring Compassionate Communication

I’ve recently begun studying nonviolent communication, also called compassionate communication or mediation training, and it’s very different from what I had imagined. Sure, I’d encountered bits and pieces of the philosophy here and there, like disassembled car parts. Seeing it up and running is something else entirely. Now I know why the titles can seem […]

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Social Wellness and Chicken Soup

“Its not the chicken soup that makes you better, it’s the person who brings you the chicken soup.” As an estate organizer, I like to keep abreast of end-of-life topics like estate and funeral planning.  These issues can be difficult enough for people who have family and friends.  For those who don’t, I can imagine that feelings […]

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