Help for Healing

Bitter & Sweet, living daily with grief

Getting started…..


I’ve been talking about starting a blog for almost a year;  I am now finally doing it!  When we wrote on Caring Bridge, it was kind of the same type of thing as a blog.  I have to admit, I have missed having the posts as an outlet when things happen.

There are so many different topics to write about.  I am continuing to live with grief almost two years later and it still feels like yesterday sometimes.  Being a single parent now is another adjustment.  And writing a book is a biggie.

I have finished the first draft of “Bitter & Sweet, a Family’s Journey With Cancer”.  The experience of writing it was the same as what we lived through in 2010-  also bitter and sweet.  It was cathartic but painful to relive the memories every day.  Sometimes it felt like too much, yet it felt like the path I needed to take… like it was necessary in order to continue to heal.  There is much to do to actually get it out to the public, then it will be time to start the next book!!

Just plain living life every day with all of its normal ups and downs is a challenge, but living with the back drop of learning to be a family again without our Tim is even more challenging.  Sigh.

Author: Help for Healing

My name is Darcy Thiel. What people say they appreciate most about me is my genuine nature. I utilize my professional and personal experiences to increase my understanding and compassion to help others. My career has many faces, so let me tell you about a few. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NY State and am a couple and family therapist. As an Adult Planning Specialist and End of Life Doula, I take my experiences with my parents’ and husband's illnesses and passing to help others navigate the crazy, complicated medical world we live in. This dovetails with the books I have written. Bitter and Sweet: A Family’s Journey with Cancer, the prequel to Life After Death, on This Side of Heaven is an honest and raw perspective on coping with the diagnosis and subsequent loss of Tim, my spouse. I have done extensive speaking on the above topics through live audiences, radio shows, and an occasional TV spot. For more information, see my websites at,, or Copyright Help for Healing by Darcy Thiel © 2012-2019. All rights reserved.

2 thoughts on “Getting started…..

  1. interested in following your blog, heard of it from my highschool friend (karen sharp). I’d like to suggest a blog for you to look at,it’s called An Inch of Gray and if you choose to read it you should start back at August-Sept of last year. the blogger had a tradegy at that time and so her story begins…and what an inspiration. You may be able to relate.

  2. Thanks Donna! I will check it out this afternoon. It’s one of those things– it can be a perfect stranger, but when they have gone through something similar, you can feel this immediate connection and intimacy with them. I wrote about that in my book when a stranger came up to me in an airport when i was crying and asked what was wrong. Turned out she was a cancer survivor and I felt like she was angel sent to me to help me through those few minutes while i was waiting for my flight. Its nice to “meet” you Donna.

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