By Lisa Yorkgitis Nahach LisaYorkgitisNahach@gmail.com When my husband, Jim, and I went to southwest Missouri recently to support our son's basketball team and spend some time together, I had no idea that the trip would help me deal with my grief. One stop gave me an opportunity to vent my sorrow while another convinced me that … Continue reading Trip to Joplin and Carthage Showcased Steps in Grief Process
By Lisa Yorkgitis Nahach Reach me at LisaYorkgitisNahach@gmail.com. For me, New Year's Day doesn't signify the end of the season, and I have no immediate plans to take down our Christmas tree. In fact, I am gazing at the twinkling lights right now. The tree is looking a little worse for wear, but that's okay. … Continue reading A New Option for Christmas Trees: Holiday Trees!
By Lisa Yorkgitis Nahach When my family and I sat down on a hay wagon last Sunday at Timber View Tree Farm in Hartsburg, Mo., we thought we were going to take a short jaunt to a nearby field. That's why my husband, Jim, and I didn't stop our son Tim from picking up our … Continue reading Christmas Traditions Stand Test of Time
By Lisa Yorkgitis Nahach You can reach me at LisaYorkgitisNahach@gmail.com My husband, Jim, and I had anticipated this moment for years, and we were anxious. Tim was, too. While waiting for his name to be announced at the first varsity basketball game of the Jefferson City Jays, he leaned forward with his elbows resting on … Continue reading Deceased Grandfather Supported Grandson’s Athletic Endeavors
By Lisa Yorkgitis Nahach Reach me at LisaYorkgitisNahach@gmail.com My mother, Helen Yorkgitis, suffered from arthritis, diabetes, congestive heart failure, and other conditions. Despite her afflictions, however, she often exhibited an incredible capacity for sympathy. One day in early 2009, I felt so overwhelmed by a recent sorrow that I had to share it with her. … Continue reading Daughter Appreciates Mother’s Sympathy after Miscarriage
By Lisa Yorkgitis Nahach..... LisaYorkgitisNahach@gmail.com On a Wednesday evening in January ten years ago, my father called and told me that my sister Marianne “Mimi” Carl had died from an asthma attack. She was 47. My left hand shook uncontrollably as Dad relayed the news. I was in shock. I remained numb as my husband, … Continue reading Recent Memorial Services Force Caregiver To Face Reality
By Lisa Yorkgitis Nahach .... Reach Lisa at LisaYorkgitisNahach@gmail.com My father, Ed Yorkgitis, died in May 2014, but I still want to honor him tomorrow, Nov. 11, 2014 -- Veterans Day. I plan to wear at least one pin from his collection of WWII medals and pins. I aim to read a few entries from the journal Ed … Continue reading Veterans Day: A Chance to Honor My Father, a WWII Veteran