Facing the Death of a Son

Dr. Neill Neill

Colin 1.jpgMy son Colin died less than four weeks ago. Actually Colin was my stepson, but we had been in each other’s lives since he was 11, and he introduced me to hospital staff as "my dad"…he was my son. His memorial service is the day after tomorrow.

Colin had been very ill in hospital since mid February. He had an infection around his heart, and his heart suddenly gave out. The nurse who was with him said he started to have difficulty breathing and he was gone in seconds. 

If you had known Colin, you would remember his charm and good humor. He could light up a room with his presence.
You might also have been exposed to his generosity and compassion.

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Alcoholism and Marriage

“My Partner is a Functioning Alcoholic”

functioning alcoholic businessmanBeing married to a functioning alcoholic is a big problem. Tens of thousands of families in North America alone are struggling with the issue.

For a minority of people social drinking can gradually deteriorate into alcohol abuse and eventually into alcohol dependence. The drinking could have started in a lot of different ways, but that’s not what’s important. What is important is that the drinking became a habit and the habit became alcohol dependence or alcoholism. It matters not a hoot whether the alcohol is in the form of beer, wine or hard liquor.

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