A Tribute To Family

As many of you know, I just experienced a very big loss in my life.  That of my dear Aunt Ingrid.  It is still too fresh to discuss in detail, but I do appreciate the outpouring of love and support I received during that time.

Each day it gets just a little better and I know over time I will be able to feel the good and the joy of her life rather than my sadness.

What I did want to talk about today was a subject that is so under-valued in our society today, our elderly.

They require special care.  They need community and love.  They want to share with you their lives.

I feel very lucky that senior care has been near and dear to my heart for so long.

In those final days with Ingrid, it was a blessing to have helped written “The Senior Organizer.”  I can’t tell you how much easier that little paperback made those last few weeks.

To have all of my dear Aunt’s personal, legal, and even advance directives in one place, written out plainly.  I can’t imagine trying to go through those days without the compass that simple binder provided.

It helped everyone that knew Ingrid take better care of her in life and to know her final wishes.

As strange as it might sound, it made me want to call everyone I knew and have them get the “Senior Organizer” immediately.

Truly, none of us wants to face getting older or our loved ones aging to the point they can no longer tell us their thoughts and feelings, but that time approaches us all.  Some quickly, some slowly.  It is up to us to decide how prepared we want to be during that difficult time.

A few weeks ago I recommended the “Cherished Memories” as the perfect gift for Moms, Dads, Grads and Brides (link at http://bit.ly/dtlAnA).  If you haven’t already, why don’t you review the website and then scroll down just a little and put the “Senior Organizer” in your cart as well (http://bit.ly/dtlAnA).

Not as a gift, but as a little piece of mind, for you, for them, for anyone that cares for the seniors in our lives.

Again, bless you for caring about me and family during this difficult time and I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.

Cherish all the members of our family.  Everyday.


  • Love you, Dorothy– thank you for sharing this. I knew you had experienced a loss but I did not know you were so close. I wish I had hugged you extra harder at conference!


  • Dorothy,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest condolences.

  • dnqsolutions says:


    I can imagine the depth of you loss only too clearly. I lost my mother in October. She and I were very close to begin with and became even closer the last year of her life. She was diagnosed with Leukemia in November of ’08. I spent most of the year traveling with my mom to doctors and hospitals seeking remedies. Mom was really brave, gracious, and dignified.

    I am now one of the Executors of her will. When it came time to planning a service for mom, my siblings and I had no idea what she wanted. We did our best and it was fine but it would have been wonderful to have a guide to follow. I plan to take your advice and leave a guide for my children.

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