What Happens to Grief Deferred?

As a caregiver, particularly to someone living with dementia, I suppress my emotions so as not to trigger inconsolable fear or sadness in my mother. See, for someone with Frontotemporal Dementia, it can be nearly impossible for them to recognize, compartmentalize, and regulate emotional responses. Learning of the death of a loved one could lead to attempts to take one's own life, but the death of a perfect stranger or familiar celebrity may have an equally significant impact.

With Friends Like These

"...you have to be willing to sacrifice and acquiesce, or challenge and debate — all with love, kindness, and authenticity — to hold onto those friendships with everything you have. Or let them go. But never allow bitterness to make its home in your heart and never stop fighting for the ones you love."