Laugh. Even When Someone is Dying.

By: Lauren Thaler  |  Date: April 10th, 2013  |  Category: Death Defying Acts, Hardship? Try This On For Size  |  Comments: Say Something »

For a blog series called A Matter of Life and Death, I admit that I’ve probably talked a lot more about the latter. (Sorry.) “Can she keep this up?” you might be wondering. “This whole writing-about-death-all-the-time thing?” And the answer is, yes—with the help of a sense of humor. Read the article here.

When You’ve Got 99 Problems & Death Isn’t One

By: Lauren Thaler  |  Date: March 4th, 2013  |  Category: Hardship? Try This On For Size, Other Things That Make Me Tick  |  Comments: Say Something »

Wondering how to lean on a friend who is grieving without being a selfish bozo? This week in my Everplans column, A Matter of Life and Death, I’ll tell you. Even if your problems are pint-size compared to your friend’s crater of a hardship, your problems matter. And they matter to your friend. Read the column here.

Please Complain To Me

By: Lauren Thaler  |  Date: July 28th, 2011  |  Category: Hardship? Try This On For Size  |  Comments: 1 comment »

This post is for all you folks out there (parentless exceptions included) who are confronted with an all too common interpersonal dilemma: You hit a pothole in the road called life, and you really want to talk to your best friend about it. The only problem is that your best friend’s mother is sick. Or dad had a heart attack. Or your best friend recently got fired. Or diagnosed with cancer. Or whatever pertinent hardship is newly associated with your best friend.

So, the question is, what do you do. Do you seek their advice and support? Do you wait, hoping for a more appropriate time to surface? Or do you decide not to tell them at all?

It seems pretty clear that your small pothole is the size of a crack in the street compared to your friend’s crater of a hardship. After weighing the options, it seems obvious: Your problem [...]