Sharing love and grief

Sharing love and grief

After the last episode of The Kitchen Widow, my daughter came to me with an idea and a request. She wanted to honor her dad and share HER wisdom. Cooking is her way of remembering and she has some advice for other grieving kids.

Together, we brainstormed and she decided to invite one of her dad’s friends over to make something very Sicilian and very yummy!  Cooking sparked a touching conversation between the chef’s daughter and friend. They covered lessons of love, loss and, of course, the importance of proper salting. 🙂

I love this episode for many reasons, not the least of which is that it reminds us of the important role family and friends can play in a child’s life after loss.

Grief in the classroom

With one in seven American children suffering the loss of a loved one before age 20, this episode starts a conversation about how to support kids returning to school at a critical time in their young lives. It offers tips from teachers to help them thrive.

As a mother and as the granddaughter of educators, I knew sending my daughter to school after the loss of her father would be a pivotal moment. Her teachers and I worked to make school a supportive place where she could thrive even while she grieved. Now, they share what worked!

Originally published at The Kitchen Widow.

Remembering the chef

Remembering the chef

You might say Saro was an accidental chef, with an intentioned spirit.

Someone who’d never write a recipe down, but who would always take an opportunity to sit down and break bread with the people in his life. His joy existed in the pursuit of delicious and subtle flavor pairings as much is in witnessing what happened when those flavors opened the palates and relaxed the souls of the people who ate his food.

His diagnosis meant much of what he dreamed of, career-wise, got sidelined. However, he did something else remarkable, and, I’d say, much more long lasting. He slowed down, opened his heart even more and, in the process, deepened every relationship he had in his life. Including ours.

Originally published on The Kitchen Widow.

Origins of The Kitchen Widow

Origins of The Kitchen Widow

If you’ve ever been touched by profound loss; walked the path of caregiving; or simply asked yourself “What do I do, What  do I say?,” then The Kitchen Widow is where I hope you find advice and inspiration. I hope you will recognize your experience in the conversations here. We talk about what matters and we do it over delicious food.

This is the first part of a series, so pull up a chair and make yourself at home.

Originally published on The Kitchen Widow.