grief


A Letter to the Grieving Stepmom

How to let go of the life you thought you would live and embrace the one you are living Dear Grieving Stepmom, As a little girl, you dreamt of finding the person of your dreams, getting married, buying a house, and starting a family. You dreamt of life in a […]

Pensive Stepmum

Separated Family - Parental Alienation

When the Cult Leader is Your Parent

If they’d left to go live in the South of France or maybe on a yacht in the Caribbean, their disappearance from our lives would maybe make more sense. But for many of us who have lost our children to parental alienation, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Dr. […]


When You Wish You Knew Your Stepchildren – Our Parental Alienation Nightmare

My stepchildren are brainwashed and there is not one thing I can do about it.  Family court perpetuates it, their small town and maternal family members enable it, and the lawyers profit off it. The only thing I can do is speak about how parental alienation has affected the life […]

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Parental Alienation Christmas Concept

Parental Alienation and the Gift of Time

Ten years ago this Christmas, Jack and I gave my three stepchildren the ultimate gift – a new home.  Just months before, we’d secretly bought a two-story house nestled on a huge lot with a creek running on the back side.  We spent weeks renovating and decorating it down to the very […]


Christmas Expectations: How to Manage the Stress and Set Yourself up for Success

Christmas is not always the most wonderful time of the year. Often we are dealing with extra stress, spending more money, more pressure, and less sleep. That doesn’t even include the step-family layers of competition between houses, missing kids because of custody disputes and threats, last minute schedule changes, and […]

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Grieving Couple

Parental Alienation: Our Grief Has a Name

They didn’t die, but there are days I think it might’ve been easier. At least we’d have closure, a definite ending, something.  Instead, we’re grieving children that made a million memories here in this home, under that tree in our front yard who now live down the street and have new […]


Grieving for My Parentally Alienated Husband

The phone rang. It was early in the morning on April 5th, 2004.  I was on Highway 1 headed to Watsonville to return shorts to Target before church.  I’d been working a hospital contract in Santa Cruz for several weeks.  I remember it like it was yesterday. Before I even answered the phone, […]

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