By remembering the lives and legacies of loved ones, we can take concrete steps to heal ourselves.
By remembering and celebrating how they lived, rather than how they died, we can enhance our resilience, compassion, and creativity.
During the promotional tour for her first book, The Living Memories Project:Legacies that Last, Dr. Meryl Ain saw that people grieving for loved ones, as well as professionals who work with the bereaved, needed a new approach and additional tools to help in the process of moving forward.
This determination to support others in coming to terms with the loss of a loved one led Dr. Ain to bring together resources, stories and to help professionals individuals, and bereavement groups transform grief into positive action and living legacies.
Submitted by Linda Landow My mom, Virginia Leffel, passed away 51 years ago. My dad, Irving Leffel, continued to live in our house in Rockville Center until his passing 19 years later. When my brothers and I were going through the house, I found a set of 12 sterling silver kiddush... Read More
This living memory was submitted by Linda Landow, who discovered that a menorah sitting on a shelf held a treasured family legacy. This menorah had been on my top shelf for many years. As it is not the menorah I light for Chanukah, I paid little attention to it. Last... Read More
Submitted by Ann Heller When my father, Bernard Scherel, passed away at the age of 98 in July of 2010, my daughter Lisa Heller, who lives in Park Slope, decided to memorialize her grandparents in a very special way. Here are her words: “I called Prospect Park Alliance about planting... Read More
Reprinted from HuffingtonPost.com, February 19, 2017, by Meryl Ain, Ed.D. It was just another day in what has become my routine in the seventh week following my husband’s open-heart surgery. I was in a hurry, having left him at home with his fifth bout of atrial fibrillation since the surgery. I had to pick up yet another medication from CVS, where I am sorry to say they are all too familiar with my husband’s medications, and they know who I am. With the $7 off “extra bucks” coupon I had garnered on my last trip, I decided to buy myself... Read More
This Sunday, September 11th, marks the 15th Anniversary of the day that 3,000 innocent souls lost their lives in an unspeakable, horrific conflagration that was witnessed by millions on live TV. On Sunday, all New York television stations have canceled their regular programming to remember and replay the recorded events of that day. This year as it does every year one network – MSNBC — will devote 3 ½ hours to the “unedited, uninterrupted, untouched live footage of NBC’s Today Show coverage of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,” an article in Slate Magazine reminds us. The piece by Jeremy Samuel Faust goes... Read More
Reprinted from SheWrites.com, June 18, 2014, by Dorothy Thompson Three years after the death of her mother, Meryl Ain was still unable to fill the hole that the loss had left in her life. In talking to friends, Meryl discovered an insight shared by those who had successfully overcome grief; there simply is no closure. It was a breakthrough for her. She writes, “Our loved ones will always be with us if they are not forgotten. It is up to us to integrate them into our lives in a positive way that reflects their unique personality, values and spirituality. In that way we keep them alive in our... Read More
Reprinted from Create-With-Joy.com, May 16, 2014 The Living Memories Project – Book Review Every time I have lost someone I loved, it has felt like my whole world has stopped. Among other things, I have experienced shock, withdrawal, and deep grief as my body and mind have tried to process the news. How can my loved one be gone? How can I live in a world where my loved one no longer exists? How will I survive without them? How can I keep the memories and legacy of my loved one alive without continually grieving their loss? There are no... Read More
New Trends and Clinical Intervention in Grief and Bereavement Counseling Friday January 12, 2018 8:30am to 1:45pm Mid-Island Y JCC Plainview, NY Click here to download the full event information. JASA Partners In Dignity, Mid-Island Y JCC and Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services are pleased to offer “The 2nd Annual Living Memories Project” Conference New Trends and Clinical Interventions in Grief and Bereavement Counseling on Long Island. The conference will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 8:30am to 1:45pm at the Mid-Island Y JCC. EXHIBITOR SPONSOR REGISTRATION FORM
Sunday, January 1, 2017, 8:00 a.m. Dr. Ain was featured on 710 WOR AM Radio Sunday 1/1/17 on “In The Arena” with host Msgr. Kieran Harrington. The program also aired Sunday evening (1/1/17) at 8:00 p.m. on NET TV (which can be found on Fios, Direct, Dish, Time Warner). You can also pick up the interview online at: http://netny.tv/shows/in-the-arena/ See the video here: