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Connie Vasquez

Connie Vasquez is an only child who recently lost her mother after years with Alzheimer's. Through that experience, she learned about compassion, love, forgiveness and grace. Her sense of humor also saw her through. A practicing attorney, cardiac yoga teacher and life coach, Connie lives in New York City.

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Christina Vasquez: Art Therapy

Board certified art therapist Christina Vasquez spoke with the executive director of Open to Hope, Dr. Gloria Horsley, during the 2015 annual Association of Death Education and Counseling Conference about […]

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I Used to Love Christmas, Until My Mother Died

I used to spend every Christmas with my mom, no matter what. It was always just the two of us and when I became an adult, she alwasy ask if […]

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Simple Comfort: How to Help Someone in Grief

I was a 48-year-old only child when my mother succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease. I’d I spent three weeks alone at her bedside in the hospice wing of a wonderful nursing […]

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The First Mother’s Day Without Mine

I’ve always been adept at compartmentalization or, as it’s less euphemistically known, DENIAL. I’ve read some wonderful books about the grieving process and its non-linear stages, most notably Elizabeth Kubler-Ross […]

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There’s No Grief in Santa

Last year was the first year my mother didn’t recognize me at all . . . not even a glimmer.  I’d been expecting Alzheimer’s to take away her ability to […]

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Anger a Natural Part of Grieving

Anger could never be the first stage of grief. First, you’re busy making arrangements, then you’re just numb.  I figure it takes a good couple of weeks before you get good and pissed […]

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Pssssst . . . Your Pajamas Are Open

Nobody could possibly have prepared me for what it would be like when my mom died. I’m barely able to describe it, seeing as how I’ve lost my mind and […]

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