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Ask Dr. Bob: Substance Abuse Problems


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My wife died five years ago. This was the most painful experience I have ever had in my life. The depth of the pain and the duration of the pain made daily functioning unbearable. To handle the pain, I started to have a drink in the evening. This seemed to help. Soon it was two drinks, then, in a very short period of time it was a fifth-plus a day. What started out to be helpful ended up being harmful. All I wanted to do was numb the pain! I now have been clean for six months and I am ready to deal with the death of my wife in a positive way. -- Clean for Six Months


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September 21 2011

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief 


Molly’s Garden


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“She would have loved it. She would have loved that everyone else is getting so much joy out of it,” says George Goodwin when asked how his wife Molly would feel about the new Molly Bliss Goodwin Garden at David Simpson Hospice House.

George was so moved by his and Molly’s hospice experience that, after her death, he became a David Simpson Hospice House hands-on volunteer. Additionally, George knew that he wanted to make a significant gift in memory of Molly—something lasting and beautiful. After discussing options with development staff, George decided that creating a memorial garden was the ideal way to honor his wife while bringing solace and pleasure to others.
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September 01 2011

Categories: News and Community Journey 


Having Hospice Closer to Home


Our patient Linda knew more about hospice care and Hospice of the Western Reserve than most—she was an oncology nurse. Throughout her career she cared for thousands of patients and comforted countless families. When her own disease progressed beyond the point of treatment, Linda was very definitive in her choice of care providers. 
 
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September 01 2011

Categories: News and Community Testimonials Journey 


Grief: Celebrating Your Birthday After the Death of a Parent


I miss seeing “love, mom” on a birthday card.  My day feels empty.

I have spoken to a number of individuals who have remarked how difficult their birthday has become after the death of their mother or father. Every year on my birthday, I wait for the phone to ring for my aging parents to sing to me. I will miss their out of tune voices when I no longer get that call.
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August 16 2011

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 


Survival Tips for Coping with the Holidays


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During the winter months, the short days and gray skies may be disheartening. Cloudy days frequently outnumber sunny days in our Cleveland winter. This lack of sunshine and light can add a depressive element to your grief. Turn on the lights! Talk to a friend or counselor. Remember that the seasons change and spring will come.
 
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July 01 2011

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

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