Mental Health

December 8, 2009

Learning to Dismiss Negative Thoughts

Two sources for learning to dismiss habitual, or negative thoughts are Change Your Thoughts, by Dr. Wayne Dyer, and Feeling Good by Dr. David Burns. Both in Paperback.


August 7, 2009

Learn to Drive

It’s never too late to try and learn to drive so you can be independent. Among find driving instructors on Chicago’s North Shore is a-ADAMS school of driving, with offices throughout the suburbs. Call 847-965-6565. Others are plentiful throughout the country and can be found by searching on the Web or looking in your local yellow book.


July 16, 2009

There With Care

Based in Boulder CO, There With Care helps families focus on care of their critically ill loved ones during emotionally, financially, and physically challenging times.With the help of volunteers, There With Care offers a variety of services including:

  • Meal Program: Grocery and prepared meal delivery.
  • Patient and Sibling Support: Babysitting, mentoring and tutoring for patients and siblings
  • Transportation Program: Transportation to and from medical appointments and hospital treatments, school, and activities; gas cost assistance.
  • Home Maintenance Program: Housecleaning/industrial cleaning for immune compromised patients, laundry, yard care, emergency pet care, home modifications for disability access.

Go to


June 10, 2009

Use Netflix for ‘Chick Flicks’

When you’re feeling the need for a ‘cheer me up’ order a ‘chick flick’ from Netflix. It’s $4.95 for two films a month, mailed back and forth free:


April 23, 2009

Volunteering at Travelers Aid in O’Hare Airport

One way to combat sadness after the death of a spouse is to reach out and help others as a volunteer for Travelers Aid at O’Hare.

Contact Volunteers Director Laura Smith at 773-686-8063 or email her at for more information.


April 15, 2009

The Year of Magical Thinking

For deeper understanding of Widowhood, read The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Dideon. ($14.95)


February 17, 2009

For Comfort When A Beloved Pet Dies

Arrowood Pet Cemetery, 24090 N. Rt. 45, Vernon Hills, IL 60061. 847-913-1246


February 17, 2009

Open to Hope Web Site for Comfort


January 16, 2009

Plan Your Funeral for Peace of Mind

Shalom Memorial Funerals, 1700 W. Rand Rd. Arlington Heights, IL, 847-255.3520


January 16, 2009

Cancer Wellness Center Helps Widows Grieve

Cancer Wellness Center
(847) 509-9595
215 Revere Dr
Northbrook, IL


December 20, 2008

A Therapist Who Understands

Psychologist Judy Berg, Highland Park, IL, 847-831-5110


December 4, 2008

Family Troubles?

Here’s a good reference to dealing with Family Conflict:

(If you can’t get there by clicking the link above, go to your Internet browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer) and type it in.)


September 19, 2008

Widows List: Mental Health, Friends

What do you do when kind friends take you out for dinner and refuse to let you pay your share? I find that embarrassing and have found other ways to say thank you, instead of waving money around at the table.

Saying “thank you”

Jewel Food Stores flower department

Consider Your Dreams: The Complete Dream Book, 2nd edition: Discover What Your Dreams Reveal about You and Your Life by Gillian Holloway (Paperback $14.95)


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