A Dying Mother’s Letter To Her Daughters

A friend of mine sent me this link and I wanted to share it with you.  Julie expresses herself so beautifully and with practicality that I find inspiring: Julie Yip-Williams’ Letter To Her Daughters If you want to read more, Julie’s memoir, The Unwinding of the Miracle, is available to read. If you want to […]

Yad Vashem Launches Online Exhibit – Last Letters From The Holocaust: 1944

This website is a historical treasure of letters and photos.  Nothing I can write here will do justice to the emotions this online exhibit creates in the viewer. Last Letters From The Holocaust:  1944 Luigi and Anna Ventura 1927 — Photo from Ya Vashem Document Archive After looking through the exhibit, I feel stronger than […]

Where To Begin – How To Start Writing Your Goodbye Letter

Peter contacted me last week wondering how to start a letter to his ex-wife to tell her that he was dying and to express what their relationship had meant to him.  Although there is a link at the top of the Last Goodbye Letters homepage on How To Write Your Own Letter, I thought it […]

Writing As Grief Therapy–A Healing Process

Chaplain JTC, III with AllCare Hospice in Tulsa, Oklahoma ministers to those in their last days of life.  He allowed me to share this article about writing to heal with you.  It talks about guilt, regret, forgiveness, gratitude and acceptance.  Here’s a link to the Chaplain’s story: Starting the writing process isn’t hard–just decide to […]

Why wait? Write a love letter to your mom for Mother’s Day!

I wrote a letter to my mother a couple of Mother’s Days ago and I wanted to share her reaction after reading it.  Fortunately for me, she left me a voice message and I can listen to her happy response over and over–especially when I’m feeling a little blue, it picks me up to know […]

I’m happy to report a success!

In my post dated March 14, I reported how my friend felt bad because he kept putting off doing things with friends because ‘there’s always tomorrow,’  and then, sadly, sometimes missed the opportunity.  One such opportunity was to take a dear friend to eat at a favorite restaurant one and-a-half hours from home.  And, guess […]

Learn from my friend’s mistakes–he’s trying to!

I have a friend who has told me this story a couple of times: He has older friends that he thinks he’ll take to lunch, or go visit, or do something fun with, but–although his intensions are good–the time to do these things just never seems to materialize.  He told me recently that it makes […]

I understand! It’s hard to write a goodbye letter.

I have to admit.  I’m embarrassed.  I’ve been encouraging others to write goodbye letters to loved ones when they move away, get deployed, get married, move out of the house, or are close to the end of life.  But I let an opportunity slip by. My elderly friend was moving out of state to a […]

What did Nicholas Ivie leave behind?

No one will dispute that the loss of Nicholas Ivie, the Border Patrol agent who was shot in the line of duty in the early hours of October 2, is a tragedy.  From all accounts he was a well loved and respected man.  He left behind an honorable legacy.  While many are investigating the circumstances […]