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On the Day I Die — Loss, Grief, Bereavement and Life Transitions Resource Library

This speaks for itself. Read the words and realize it is important to live fully until the day you die!

 

Source: On the Day I Die

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Grief In The Classroom: ‘Saying Nothing Says A Lot’ : NPR Ed : NPR — Loss, Grief, Bereavement and Life Transitions Resource Library

This is a great article and resource for anyone who works with children.

I remember 3.5 years ago coming home from being out of town and finding out one of my daughter’s classmates was killed in a tragic accident. The child was 6 years old. My daughter and this child were friends.

The school had counselor’s onsite to debrief the kids and the teachers… this is needed and it is important to have a separate conversation with the class of students that a  child was in, to the ability of the age of the children to understand. The teacher can be instrumental in helping as well as questions will come up later.

Death is a part of life whether we like it or not. “To be born, we must die.” The cycle of life… teach children about death and dying talking about plants, trees, flowers and pets. This is often the first exposure to death.

 

Source: Grief In The Classroom: ‘Saying Nothing Says A Lot’ : NPR Ed : NPR

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Is There a Right to Grieve? | Psychology Today — Loss, Grief, Bereavement and Life Transitions Resource Library

This needs to change. Grief is different for each person and the length of time different for each person…

 

Source: Is There a Right to Grieve? | Psychology Today

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Talking to Family About Post Death Wishes — Loss, Grief, Bereavement and Life Transitions Resource Library

This is very important; discussing your post-death wishes with family and close friends. Do not wait until it is too late or crisis time. When you are very ill, in hospital or diagnosed as terminal; your thoughts might be elsewhere. Plan ahead as much as possible.

No one wants  to think they will die tomorrow, but in reality we never know. Some deaths are far in the future, others could be in the near future, and still others happen when we least expect it.

I keep thinking about what I would want. I know I do not want my kids to worry about it in any way and have to come up with the money for my funeral or worry about where to bury me. I am an organ donor. My driver’s license states so and I have told my kids and my fiancé this. I would like to be cremated and they can do with my ashes as they wish. I am not a person that wants a whole lot of ‘hooplah.’ I would rather have a celebration of life before I die if possible surrounded by the ones I care about and love. I do not want a large, dramatic funeral and I especially do not want anyone to lay out thousands of dollars. I would rather that money go to charity to help others.

I am practical, low-key, and down to earth. I was raised to focus on others and not myself. Charity and volunteering along with giving back to community are important to me.

This is the message I want my kids to walk away with. You need enough money to live on, put some away, and enjoy life a little and the extra should go to charity as there are always others that have less.

Thoughts?

 

Source: Talking to Family About Post Death Wishes

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Book Review, News

Book Review: Nomad on the Run by Georges Benay

Nomad on the Run by Georges Benay

 

I have to say from the first pages I liked this book. I liked the author’s writing style. I loved the storyline and I liked the characters.

The book looks a little unassuming as the cover is pretty plain. The title gave me the impression the book was about a nomad in the desert. Wrong!

The storyline is about a man who leaves his wife in Toronto and returns to the country he was born in, Morocco. He works in a small, private banking firm there and was recruited for this position. His life becomes a whirlwind and he knowns something is wrong. He falls in love and begins secretly dating the bank owner’s daughter.  He is asked in the middle of all the troubles to continue recruiting and hiring staff for this small exclusive private bank and to come up with a plan to save the bank  while there is an economic crisis going on around the world!

Who is involved? What is going on? Why are there secret meetings? How does the woman fit in? Is she involved? Can Eric trust Valerie?

Are you intrigued yet? I hope so and I believe like me, once you start the book, you get caught up in the storyline.

 

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Georges Benay

Author: Georges Benay

Georges Benay is a former international banker who is now working as a Toronto-based writer and award-winning photographer. He is the author of two novels, including The Nomad’s Premonition and a collection of short stories. His award winning pictures have been featured in several magazines and book covers.

Book Title:  Nomad on the Run (Book #1) by Georges Benay
Category:  Adult Fiction,  290 pages
Genre:  Thriller, mystery/suspense
Publisher:   Bookstand Publishing
Release date:  April 15, 2011

Tour dates: August 14 to Sept 15, 2017. ​Beneath the golden desert and azure seas of Morocco lurks a hidden world of greed, deceit and financial terrorism. But the players are not who you might think. Lured away from his seemingly idyllic life as a managing director for a major international bank in Toronto, Eric Martin returns to his ancestral roots in Morocco.

Tempted by a mysterious offer from a boutique financial firm, Eric soon discovers he has walked into the middle of a whirlwind where everyone has their own secret agenda, and he unwittingly has become the key to unlocking them all. From the broad avenues of Toronto to the mean streets of Casablanca, Eric rushes to discover the truth before time runs out. But who can he trust?

The power and attraction of money is strong. In the midst of a dangerous cast of characters, Jeff Offenbach, bank president, knows more than he lets on. But how much does he know? Is he a key player in a scheme to terrorize the global economy, or is he just trying to save his firm from becoming another victim of the global economic collapse? Valerie is the unknown factor. Is she involved in the partners’ machinations, or is she as guileless as Eric? Can he trust her? And more importantly, will he survive long enough to find out?

http://www.inthebookstand.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Georges-Benay/e/B072XVCK5N

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Hate & Racism: Gets us Nowhere!

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Read this link! More companies need to express to their employees that hate and racism are unacceptable. No matter our socioeconomic status, our ethnicity, the culture we are from, the job we hold-we are all human and we all bleed red. What happened in Virginia last weekend should NEVER have happened!

One Holocaust was enough…Never again means just that…’never again.’

Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” I could not agree more.

End-of-Life, Grief/Grieving/Bereavement, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

How to Survive a Loved Ones Terminal Illness | How to Deal With a Sick Loved One | Coping Skills for Caretakers | Healthy Ways to Handle Dying Family Member – Beliefnet — Loss, Grief, Bereavement and Life Transitions Resource Library

An article worth reading whether you are going through this personally or you work with client’s or patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

 

Source: How to Survive a Loved Ones Terminal Illness | How to Deal With a Sick Loved One | Coping Skills for Caretakers | Healthy Ways to Handle Dying Family Member – Beliefnet

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