Musings about Grief, Loss & Life

By Dave Roberts  March 1st of this year marked 16 years since my daughter Jeannine died and entered a new realm of existence. Many days, I find it hard to believe that so much time...

Musings about Grief, Loss, & Life

By Dave Roberts “All parents must carry within them biographies of their children, unwritten but available at a moment’s notice.” - Disaster Falls: a family story by Stephane Gerson I wrote and gave the eulogy at...

Tips for Navigating Through Grief During The Holidays

By Dave Roberts The pain of grief tends to surface with great intensity during “milestone” events such as, birthdays, death dates or angelversaries and holidays. The intensity of grief is usually highest for many during the...

The Blessings and Gifts of Impermanence

By Dave Roberts In her book, “Grief and Loss: Theories and Skills for Helping Professionals, “Katherine Walsh-Burke describes symbolic loss as follows: “There are many types of losses that are not due to death, but rather...

Making Friends with Fear

By Dave Roberts About a month ago, I walked out onto the deck of my home, morning coffee in hand, and looked around my yard. I live in a beautiful, quiet, secluded neighborhood where the...

Reflections About a Funeral

By Dave Roberts Many couples whose children are on their own (as is the case with me and my wife Cheri), go through memorabilia that accumulated over the years and pass those items on to...

Taking The Bereaved Out of Parent

By Dave Roberts For several years after my 18 -year- old daughter Jeannine’s death in March of 2003, I commonly identified myself as a bereaved parent. According to the late Robert Kastenbaum, author of Death,...

The Timelessness of Revelation

By Dave Roberts As I grow older, I become more aware of the number of years that I have left to this chapter of my human experience. This realization isn’t a reflection of a fear...

A Prison of My Own Making

By Dave Roberts I have danced with grief and loss since I was 5 years old. Each loss that I experience carries the same weight of sadness and longing, as previous ones. Each loss compels...

When Therapy and Intuition Collide

By Dave Roberts During my twenty-seven-year career as an addiction professional, I employed evidenced-based practices when working with those who requested services from me. However, there were at least two occasions where phenomena occurred that...
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