Yesterday was a tough day. It was my husband’s birthday. I was fine until I got in the car to come into the office, then the tears started. Yes, the day was depressing, but somehow I made it thru until it was time to leave and the feeling came over me again. I got to the car and the tears started again. This will be a tough week or so. My husband died two years and eight days ago from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Surviving the loss of a close family member does not end at the funeral. I know that from experience. I also know that from seeing friends endure the pain for years after. I know that from being a facilitator for GriefShare. People come for help who have lost spouses, parents, children, more distant relatives and even friends. Some of the deaths they have sought counseling for include sudden and long term, accidents, strokes and heart attacks, cancer and Alzheimer’s, even murder and suicide. One thing they have in common is that the memory of that person lingers on and we who survive are left to grieve.

Many of us are fortunate in that we have busy lives working, caring for family members, activities with friends and neighbors. That helps to block out the memory of the recent death. However, for those who live alone, this can be an unbearable experience. And the feeling of loss can last for years.

Many of our caregivers have endured the loss of a loved one. They understand what it is like. If you are using or considering using one of our caregivers, talk to them about your loved one’s needs. Ask them to talk to your loved about their […]

Alzheimer’s Association of Western NY

Did you know that September is “Alzheimer’s Awareness Month”? We here in Western New York are so fortunate to have a chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in our own backyard. The Chapter provides education and training sessions for four main groups- the general public, family caregivers, individuals with dementia and health-care professionals, in the eight counties of Western New York. If you would like more information about Alzheimer’s or the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY, I invite you to contact them at 1.800.272.3900 or visit them at
As an Alzheimer’s Program graduate, I highly recommend it !

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