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Posts from December 2010
The link below goes to a story by a son on the death of his father from whom he was estranged. They were estranged because of the father's deterioration due to Alzheimer's. It is a poignant story that is accompanied below on that page by links to the stories of others who were estranged from their fathers.
Dealing with the death of an estranged father by S. C. Kleinhans
Kindness has been on my mind in recent days. How kindness is a beautiful quality in people. How it softens the blows of life. What a difference a kindness can make. How it can cost so very little. What a wonderful present it is to give the gift of kindness.
Today's post is a list of articles that relate to Christmas, relationships, and the benefits of kindness. These all relate to family estrangements or conflicts in some way. Some more directly than others.
- Dec. 22, 2010: Happy Holidays and How You Can Help by Jeffrey Fishberger, MD
- Dec. 23, 2010: Can Kindness Cut the Risk of Heart Disease by David R. Hamilton, Ph. D.
- Dec. 21, 2010: How to Be Helpful to Almost Anyone, Anytime by Dr. Peter Breggin
- Dec. 20, 2010: Greed and Goodness Alive: The Holiday Top Five by Terry Kelhawk
- Dec. 22, 2010: The War on Christmas: When 'Merry Christmas' Isn't Very Merry by Steven Petrow
- Dec. 22, 2010: You Deserve! by Fiona McColl
- Dec. 22, 2010: Over-Giving: When Giving Hurts by Fiona McColl
After Dr. Barker's article last week that touched on estrangement, she received so many responses that she continued on that topic today:
December 20, 2010: Learning to Love from Afar by Dr. Cara Barker
(I particularly liked what one of her readers said: "Don't trip on what's behind you.")
Thanksgiving is in the subject title but Gould writes about the entire holiday season, not only Thanksgiving, in this article that touches on the more difficult situations that we deal with at this time of year. Including estrangement:
November 23, 2010: Thanksgiving - - Sink or Swim by Roger Gould, author of Shrink Yourself: End Emotional Eating
Put away the feelings of victimization. Read what Fiona has to say about feeling like a victim:
December 20, 2010 Have Yourself a Very Merry, Victim Free, Christmas by Fiona McColl
Fiona McColl has been writing excellent posts on family estrangement and the holidays on her blog E-stranged. I am linking the posts below by dates and subject titles so that these posts can be found easily in the future since what she writes will remain true for future holidays as well as the current one.
December 17, 2010 Theme of the Week: Christmas
December 18, 2010 - Holiday State of Mind . . .
December 19, 2010 The Etiquette of Christmas Estrangement
December 20, 2010 Estranged at Christmas? Love the One You're With.
Are you looking for advice on how to cope through the holidays despite being estranged? I found an excellent article today on that topic on the Huffington Post. The title is misleading. It is more about how to heal and cope despite being estranged rather than how to mend bridges. Be sure not to miss the Comments section which you find by scrolling way down below the article. The link is as follows:
How to Mend Bridges with Estranged Family Members During the Holidays by Dr. Cara Barker
Dr. Barker makes a reference to a poem by Howard Thurman. The link to the poem online is as follows:
I will light candles this Christmas, a poem by Howard Thurman
I didn't know who Howard Thurman was. So I looked him up. Links are as follows:
Howard Thurman on Wikipedia
Wishing you Peace in the holiday season,