Ask Pete: Returning to Work Feels Pointless After Surviving Cancer

Q: I recently finished cancer treatment, and it’s time to return to work. I’m a successful finance manager, but now work has no meaning for me. I need the...

Ask Pete: Lonely Widow Dating After Death of Husband

Q: My husband died less than a year ago. Although I'm not interested in starting another relationship, I have been dating here and there. Some of my...

Ask Pete: Spending the Holidays Alone After Divorce

Q: My husband and I recently had a very ugly divorce, and he will be taking our two young children out of town for the holidays this year. I can’t imagine...

Ask Pete: Making Holidays Special for Elderly Grandmother

Q: My grandmother moved to a nursing home this summer, and this will be the first holiday season in my memory that she can’t host dinner for the extended...

Ask Pete: What to Do About Sister Causing Holiday Anxiety

Q: I live near my father, who is getting on in age. My older sister lives hundreds of miles away. When she visits for the holidays she always gives me...

Ask Pete: Start a Reality Check with Aging Parents

Q: My parents are getting old. My two brothers and I will be home for the holidays and I really want us all to sit down with Mom and Dad and make a plan...

Ask Pete: How Can I Let Go of Survivor’s Guilt Over This Death?

Q: My brother was killed in a car accident. I was in the car with him at the time of the crash. I feel guilty I survived. If I had said or done something...

Ask Pete: Why Can’t I Kiss a Man After My Husband Died?

Q: I haven’t been with anyone since my husband died. I recently started a relationship and got to that romantic moment, but I froze. I really like him,...

Ask Pete: How Do I Celebrate a Birthday Marred by Grief?

Q: My mother-in-law passed away this summer after a brief illness. She died on my wife’s birthday. I fear that day will never be the same. How can I...

Ask Pete: Do I Plan a Christian or Atheist Funeral?

Q: My mother was a cradle-to-grave Episcopalian, but I’m atheist. How do I honor her in a way that feels right to me? Who is the funeral really for,...

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