Commentary

June 30, 2022

Flowers Are No Longer On The Grave

A friend’s mother died. Not suddenly; she had been ill. But still, he was not “prepared.” Not exactly sure what “prepared” is. Even when the mind knows what is coming, the heart and the gut have a way of putting on the breaks. And upon hearing that a loved one […]
April 7, 2022

Teen Suicide: Opening Our Hearts Without Judgment

As many of you know, I write the Sanity Savers newsletters with a hope of being helpful. Some of the articles are more personal than others and I appreciate the feedback you offer. It means a lot. I had written and was ready to post a different article last month, […]
January 30, 2022

Do the Actions and Opinions of Others Affect Your Self-Worth?

Our value is not determined by someone else’s opinion of us. Yet, when we are with people who are not present or engaged or, we feel, are judging us, we may interpret it as having something to do with us. Are we boring them? Do we not come up to […]
January 27, 2022

The New Normal: How We Continue to Cope

For many, these past two years have been defined by feelings of extreme stress and grief. The “Stress in America” survey conducted by the American Psychological Association showed that the stress people experience during the current crisis is so extreme, in fact, that 32% of adults struggle to make day-to-day […]
January 7, 2022

How to Develop a Legacy that Honors a Loved One

We enter a new year, often filled with hope and resolutions. At this time, we also remain in a pandemic that has lasted longer than most, if not all, of us could ever have imagined. Lives have been upended, and many of us have lost loved ones. When we lose […]
December 3, 2021

A Special Holiday Message | Chanukah Lights’ Life Lessons

It is the 27th anniversary of the death of my beloved father. He died on the first night of Chanukah, November 29, 1994. Twenty-five years later, my mother died on the last night of Chanukah, December 29, 2019. Their deaths are unique bookends for the holiday of Chanukah–a holiday of […]