Five Things To Avoid Saying To A New Widow

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." -- C. S. Lewis, "A Grief Observed"Death is a topic that can clear out a room of even the most kindhearted people. Just mention any of the following words -- passing, mortality, funeral, burial, death -- and people get nervous. Very few individuals are comfortable with holding an honest conversation about death, and even fewer know what to say to a new widow....more

When Mother's Day is Hard

This Sunday will be my second Mother’s Day since my mother died.When Mother’s Day is hardEvery day has felt like Mother’s Day since my mother’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease in May 9 years ago.  Honoring and protecting her became my life’s work during her illness....more

5 Ways To Actually Help Someone Dealing With Loss

When someone you love loses someone they love, it’s near impossible to know what to do for them. The first thing I said to the first person I told about the loss of my baby boy was, “I know, there’s nothing you can say.” I knew there were no words that would make me feel better and wanted to let her off the hook....more

Grieving for the Unborn

A topic rarely talked about. To mourn the death of someone who was never even born. Spontaneous abortion or miscarriage is the natural death during early pregnancy....more

Still Grieving

I need to come clean.  My last post was about “living courageously,” but I’m finding that to be much more difficult than I had anticipated.  Despite my best efforts to be strong and happy and brave, I am actually feeling very broken and weak and tired....more

Hiraeth

hiraeth(n.) a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past...more

The Fragility of Life

BOXES OF LIFE AND LOVE

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Friday Wrap-Up, February 6th, 2015

It's been a decent week. Nothing too dramatic. I did get to see someone at the Hospice where mom died and I'll definitely be utilizing their services. Group work after I get back from BC, and wellness therapies as soon as possible. Those include complementary massage therapy, Reiki, and reflexology, etc, for up to two years. The insomnia is back in full force and I need the help in getting my body back in balance....more

I Never Thought I'd Write About A Near Death Experience

You always get to read about someone else's near death experience. You see and hear stories on TV or read about them and it always shocks you or sends a chill down your spine. You think "wow, I could never imagine going through that". You tell yourself and pray that you never have to experience anything that scary. Next thing you know you're in a car, feeling every single time it rolls over, hearing your friends yelling, brakes screeching and metal crushing and all of a sudden you're wondering to yourself if this is going to be the moment you die or not....more