Aging well,  caring for elderly parents,  Change

A new way to go on

“It is impossible to go on as you were before, so you must go on as you never have.” ~Cheryl Strayed

Whether we’re talking about a death, a major illness, a job loss, relocation, divorce, retirement, or any other major change, we have to find a new way “to go on,” as author Cheryl Strayed reminds us.

During the last years of my widowed mother’s life, I had to manage everything from her medical appointments to her daily routines while she suffered a memory loss disease. Our lifelong roles as mother and daughter were thrown into reverse. For a long time, I struggled emotionally with the profound shift in our relationship.

A month after my mom died, I did something I’d dreamed of doing for ages: I adopted a large shelter dog who needed a forever home and a lot of TLC. Taking care of Coco helped ease my grief — and provided a new way to “go on” with my life. In the process, I rediscovered the daily joy I’d been missing for a while.

What has helped you go on when you’ve faced a difficult change or loss in your life? ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.