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...

Grief and Milestones

By: Dave Roberts The pain of grief tends to surface with great intensity during “milestone” events. Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays are typical events that are associated with our grief journeys. The intensity of grief is...

Compassionate Friends of the Mohawk Valley to Host Local Candle Lighting Event as Part...

New Hartford, N.Y. (November 13, 2017) — In remembrance of all children who have died, the Compassionate Friends of the Mohawk Valley will host a local candle lighting, as part of the Compassionate Friends...

Validation Comes From Within

By Dave Roberts, LMSW  I heard a line approximately 2 years ago in an episode of Cold Case, which is as follows:             “I am my own evidence”   If we need validation or proof of our own transformation after a...
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