Category Archives: Lessons from others

My Grown-Up Grief List

One of my favorite Christmas songs is on the CD Home for Christmas by Amy Grant.  The song is, “Grown-Up Christmas List.”  The words of the chorus sum up so many of my own personal sentiments that I often sing … Continue reading

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Saying Good-bye to Another Dad

Our children had four grandfathers because of our unique blended family. If you don’t already know our story read it here.  Hank is my first husband’s father, and he was the last one of the grandpas to die. That was … Continue reading

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Dancing with your Grief

Anyone grieving the death of a significant person in their life can tell you that it is a rollercoaster ride.  Most describe emotions vacillating between highs and lows for many months, even years.  Right when you think it’s over, another … Continue reading

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In A Sea of Grief, Kindness Became My Life Jacket

I was honored to be approached by The Kindness Blog to write an article about the ways in which kindness has affected my life…this is the story I submitted. He didn’t kiss me goodbye in the morning, believing that it … Continue reading

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There is a Season Called Grief

There is no television. The radio is off, the birds congregating near the shoreline the only chatter we hear. Civilization seems distant from our cabin in the woods as my husband and I break from technology, escape becomes synonymous with … Continue reading

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Intergenerational Grief – Billy, Part I

Retrieving mail from our curbside box, I hear her talking as she wheels the stroller toward me. I see the familiar face of the little boy’s grandmother, Ruth, who I see on their occasional walks down our block. This woman … Continue reading

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Busting Through Life and Death

Anne sits in the upholstered arm-chair in the front row of the visitation room at the local funeral home.  Waiting for the funeral service to begin, she stares at the casket where a cascading blanket of red roses and her … Continue reading

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