Posts Tagged ‘ elderly loss ’

THE RELIEF OF GRIEF

Aug 20th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

More of long time acquaintances and dear friends are reporting the loss of a loved one. Many of the notices indicate the death of a parent, particularly mothers. We are, after all, many of us, at that age when the clock ticks faster and the calendar seems to be turned over too often, too soon.

Many have lost their fathers, years back. Men seen to have shorter life spans. And so, we spread out our grief, extending over several years, so that our adjusting to the loneliness and heart ache that inevitably comes is less difficult.

It is that that draws our attention today. Grief is a good thing. It gives permission to our needing to



Seniors: When Aging Sucks!

Apr 8th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Someone observed, “aging doesn’t always bring wisdom. It comes alone.” Nutshell wisdom characterizes great truths. This is one of them.

A friend and a relative lost their pets, just this week. The pets were older and had shown their own signs of decline. The pain that comes with the absence is major, huge, heartbreaking. It is a time we had rather just skip over, an experience we had rather not have again. If you are a senior, you, like us, have probably told a good number of pets good bye by now. It is wrenching, no matter how many times it has happened.

This is when aging sucks! That’s the edited line of my friend who had to tell his pet of over a dozen years goodbye this last week. That’s the wisdom that comes with aging. It says it all in a few tear stained words. There are just some things that come with aging we had rather find a way to experience without the heartache and spirit challenging agony that goes with them.