The following are interviews and guest blogs on a number of websites..
March 7, 2018
Children and Grief - Letting Kids Feel What They Feel
I am often asked whether children should attend wakes and funerals and my answer is always the same. It depends on your child. Kids should not be shielded from the truth of death, no matter how young they are. Of course, you need to develop age appropriate language for them.
February 22, 2018
I Dreaded the Thought of Writing About the Latest Shooting in Florida, But I Did It Anyway
I was asked by a couple of different sources to write about the latest shooting in Florida. I dreaded the thought. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first, or second, or third time this has happened. What is there to say other than it is horrific? And most conversations end up in one of two places- guns and/or mental illness. I have little desire to discuss either issue, so it caused me to ask myself why.
January 22, 2018
Your Relationship Is The Priority, Higher Than Any One's Personal Individual Needs
A friend of mine has been in marriage counseling for a while and I have been impressed and intrigued by some of the interventions her therapist has used. Being a couple’s counselor myself, I am always looking, reading, searching for anything helpful so I asked my friend to ask her therapist who he studies.
November 4, 2014
Preparing for the Unexpected
Death and dying are curious concepts. The one universal thing that every human being shares, regardless of gender or culture, is death. And until that time comes, most of us are faced with the loss of others we love. Yet, in our American culture, the topics of death and dying are taboo.
January 5, 2015
CHARACTER INTERVIEW: Life After Death, On This Side of Heaven
Tell me a little about yourself:
My name is Darcy Thiel and I am a Mental Health Counselor in Western New York. I also have an organizing business, and recently started Baby Coop Publishing. I have authored two books and lecture throughout the area. In addition, I am a mother of a 12 year old son.
March 3, 2014
Bitter and Sweet: The Paradox of Living with Dying by Darcy Thiel, MA, LMHC
The name of my book is “Bitter and Sweet, A Family’s Journey with Cancer.” Here is a brief summary. In April of 2010, my husband Tim began to have some strange sensations in his side. On May 7, we found ourselves facing stage IV gallbladder cancer rather than a simple gallbladder removal as planned. Five months and one week later, my husband died. Those five months were the most difficult and horrifying time of our lives. It was also an extremely beautiful time for us. We found ourselves using the phrase “bitter and sweet” so often during those five months, that it was an obvious title choice. What follows is the short version of our story…