Nancy Weil is a leading authority on the relationship between humor and grief. She is the founder of The Laugh Academy and leads the world’s only laughter club held in a cemetery. As a Certified Funeral Celebrant, Nancy understands how humor can be used to aid the grieving process. A Certified Grief Management Specialist, she serves as Director of Grief Support for eleven cemeteries in western New York state. Her products include: Bandages for Your Heart, a DVD or CD that helps people get relief from the overwhelming pain that grief may bring; the CD Laugh for the Health of It, showing people how to add more humor into their lives; A Brief Exploration of Grief, available as a free download; and her new book, If Stress Doesn't Kill You, Your Family Might.
Imagine if you had to sum up your life in only a few words. What would you say? What area of your life would you focus on? Work? Family? Philosophy of life? Would you simply state husband, wife, mother or father? All of your life experiences expressed in a short sentence...
This seems to be an impossible task. Yet it is exactly what is done every day when people design their loved one’s marker or monument. Beyond the name and dates, there is a small amount of space…Continue
Going through my phone contacts the other day, I spotted the name and phone number of a dear friend of mine. I smiled at the thought of her and imagined her reassuring voice that greeted me whenever I called and the way she was so interested in the mundane details of my life. How I longed to have one more conversation with her, but she died two years ago from cancer. I found the number I needed and dialed; Donna’s name still securely in my list of contacts. I will never delete her…Continue
The leftovers have been eaten, the out of town family has returned back to their homes, work begins again… another Thanksgiving is done. Yet the holidays are not over. You cannot go anywhere without hearing Christmas music or seeing decorations everywhere you look. What was once a joyous season has become a constant reminder of your loss. You wish you could feel “merry” or “jolly,” but…Continue