Category Archives: death

Help Within A Stone

The teary-eyed, middle-aged woman sits across from me with her head resting in her left hand.  Her little finger is in her mouth; the nail being bitten off.  The white-haired man beside her repeatedly wipes his weather-worn hands on his … Continue reading

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Living After A Child Dies

Life is risky. It isn’t fair. No one is safe and no one is ever given a card marked, “nothing bad will ever happen to me.” Continue reading

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Looking Death in the Face – The Story of a Naïve Nurse

I draw the shortest straw among the three night nurses on my unit. Despite that I have less than six-months on the job, I’m the one floating to another floor (going to a different unit that you aren’t usually assigned … Continue reading

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Forever Young – Grieving the Passage of Time

I see the picture of the three of us. Framed in silver, it sits on the marble-top console table that had been my grandmother’s. I mention the picture when it catches my eye as I sit in my mother’s living … Continue reading

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Wearing a “W” Back to Work

 I feel like everyone sees the big, bold-letter ‘W’ painted on my forehead as I enter the hospital this morning.  Looking at my feet as much as possible, I put on my scrubs. In my numbed state of grief, I walk through … Continue reading

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Some People Don’t Get It, But Television Might

Last Thursday night, I am hunkered down on the couch watching my favorite show, the ABC television medical drama series, Grey’s Anatomy.  I find myself thumbing through tweets during the commercials.  One of them strikes me that said, “This is … Continue reading

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My Story Ends With a Four-Letter Word, Does Yours?

HOPE.  It’s the word that draws me in, the one that makes me click the Twitter link on National Grief and Hope Convention.  I have attended presentations on loss and grief locally and investigated options throughout the country, but there … Continue reading

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