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Dear Ms. Spiritual Matters, My mother is dying. She is just 62 years old, so this is an unexpected event for all of us in the family. She battled cancer once when she was in her 40s. Now a different form of cancer has occurred. She refuses chemotherapy. She is having radiation to shrink tumors […]
Dear Ms. Spiritual Matters, I have begun to see many ways that my sister is peeling away from me. She is dying at age 68. At least, that is what she tells me. She’s not on hospice, but I can tell that she has given up on this life. It no longer matters to her. […]
Dear Ms. Spiritual Matters, I was at my sister’s house last week. We were having tea in her kitchen when she stopped chatting with me. I asked her if there was something wrong and she said, “No.” But, I could tell she wasn’t all right. She was staring out into space and not fully listening […]
Dear Ms. Spiritual Matters, My mother wanted some control at the end of her life. Cancer had weakened her to a point that she no longer could take care of herself. Being the oldest of nine children, she had always been the giver not the receiver. Now, at age 80, needing assistance upset her. Being […]
Dear Ms. Spiritual Matters, My dog, Sam, meant everything to me. Sam was loyal. He was the first one I saw in the morning, the one who cheerily greeted me upon arrival from home after work, and the last one to whom I bid good night. He chased balls. He loved going for walks in […]
Dear Ms. Spiritual Matters, My new coworker, Jane, was assigned the cubicle backing up to mine. She is constantly on her handheld devices. Jane brings two phones to work. She uses one for games and one for calls. I can hear the ping-pong andsquawking as she navigates through Candy Crush and Angry Birds. On average, […]
Dear Ms. Spiritual Matters, I know this may sound curious, but I have to ask. This past holiday season was the first holiday we celebrated since my beloved husband’s death. My children, grandchildren, and close friends gathered together at my house on Christmas Eve. I sat back in my favorite chair and watched as the […]