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Dealing with grief over the holidays
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Dealing with grief over the holidays

Dear Cathy & Mark, Our beloved 72-year-old father died last June of Covid-19. He was generally healthy otherwise. My four siblings and I are devastated by our loss. Our father loved Christmas and always made it a special time for our family. Two of my siblings suggested that we carry on our family traditions as...

Ensuring a happy end of life for a loved one
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Ensuring a happy end of life for a loved one

Dear Cathy and Mark, My 82-year-old father was recently diagnosed with end-stage heart failure. His doctor informed us that he would likely not survive another year. My mother is 78 and has a number of medical ailments, but overall is in good health. My parents have adequate health insurance to cover my father’s medical care....

How to make a long-distance relationship work
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How to make a long-distance relationship work

Dear Cathy and Mark, My boyfriend and I have been together for three years. We officially got together a few months before the pandemic. Thankfully, our love survived it.  Recently, he was accepted into a graduate studies program in New York. He will be there for two years. I know we have all the tools...

Dealing with dad and ‘the long goodbye’
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Dealing with dad and ‘the long goodbye’

Dear Cathy & Mark,  Our 80-year-old father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago.  Around a year and a half ago, our mother died of Covid-19. At the time of her passing, our dad’s Alzheimer’s was diagnosed to be at a moderate level. It has progressed much since. There are days when he asks where...

Single parent, 52, wonders if she should date again
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Single parent, 52, wonders if she should date again

EDITOR’S NOTE: CoverStory is launching “Two for the Road,” an advice column on life, love, and loss. Cathy is in private practice as a grief, loss, and transitions coach.  She is an author of four books, two of them on grief. Mark has been a registered nurse for 47 years and is an educator specializing...