Transitions With Jean - Columns

Whether 19 or 90 years old, making a transition is a big step

September 3, 2017

It is that time of the year. As they are heading off to college, freshmen students are starting a new adventure in their lives. It is exciting. It is scary. It is a big step. Nothing back at home will be the same again. Part of the journey is planning what fits into that dorm room.

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I believe in music

August 6, 2017

Dear Jean:

Mom has dementia and lives in a memory care place. Something that frustrates me when I go visit is the music they play on the sound-system. It is typical to hear songs that are jarring to the peace. Recently, I heard the Rolling Stones, followed by Rod Stewart...




How to break up a family

July 2, 2017

If one were writing a book on how to clear-out an estate, it could also be entitled “How to break up a family”.

Whether it is the family house that you were raised in, or their assisted-living apartment, emptying out your parents’ home is one of the most emotional times...




Someone to watch over me

June 4, 2017

Come and sit quietly with me. Have a cup of coffee. Hold my hand.

Some days I won’t know you, yet some days I might.

Your time is most precious to me. Little do you know your strength calms me; tell me it will be alright.

Be patient with me. What is real to me may...




A handy list for when a loved one passes away

May 7, 2017

The first time I lost a dear one, and had to handle all the paperwork, I didn’t know where to begin. 

Learning how to deal with the mountain of paperwork to officially complete a life is stressful and it comes at a time when you are already dealing with the emotions that come...





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