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Finding Purpose When Life Goes On


For Marty Rosensweig of Lewes, each day is a little better than the last.

He learned to reach out to others after he lost his wife Karen to cancer last year. After finding the support he needed to grieve, he now volunteers with many local organizations—healing by giving back.

Shortly after losing Karen, Marty knew he needed help and found a kind ear and connected with resources through Beebe. It was Clare Wilson, RN, MS, LPCMH, cancer care navigator and supportive counselor at Tunnell Cancer Center, who helped Marty through this difficult period of change.

“Talking to Clare is something I needed and something I cherish,” Marty says. “She helped me understand the grieving process, and she helped connect me with resources in the community.”

“My biggest suggestion to others in a similar situation is to stay busy, talk to people, and be open to new experiences,” Marty says. “Volunteer with an organization you support and find your purpose in life. It can always change as you move forward, but it’s important to have a purpose.”

If you are looking for your tribe, try volunteering to meet new friends.

Marty currently volunteers with The Lewes Historical Society, Lewes Public Library, Beebe’s Treasure Chest Thrift Shop, Historic Lewes Farmers Market, Cinema Art Theatre, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and Seaside Jewish Community. Volunteer at Beebe!

For more information on group support, individual support, and classes available to those who have lost a loved one, visit Beebe’s Grief Support Resource Center at

This article was originally published in the Winter 2018 issue of Beacon.