Category Archives: My story

What Makes Your Grief Bubble Up?

“My grief bubbles up at the most random times,” she says as we find ourselves talking about our losses during our coincidental meeting in the YMCA locker room. Days later I think of her words when my eyes fill with … Continue reading

Posted in Grief, grieving, Healing, Lessons from others, Life's Losses, My story | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

What Losses Are Happening In Your World?

Things that shouldn’t happen happened multiple times this week.  Reading the paper you understand the tragedies occurring throughout the world, the unrest within our communities and the turmoil within people’s lives. These are the life-changing stories that took place in … Continue reading

Posted in death, Friends, Grief, grieving, Life's Losses, Loss of a child, Loss of a job, Loss of a spouse, My story, support | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Hang on to HOPE – The Sun is Shining Somewhere

I am grieving the lack of sun and terribly depressed. My fingers are numb and I can’t feel the rest, even though my body is fully dressed.  Those around me stay cheerful and recite the lines that the sun is … Continue reading

Posted in Depression, Grief, Healing, Inspiration, My story, poems, Widowhood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Reliving and Remembering 25 Years Ago Today

There are days in your life that replay over and over in your memory and this will be one I never forget.  It is Tuesday, February 13th, 1990.  My husband Chris goes to his roofing job before sunrise, not waking … Continue reading

Posted in Bereavement, death, Faith, family, Friends, Grief, grieving, My story, Organ Donation, Widowhood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

What are the words to your grief song?

I turn up the volume of the TV when Ellen DeGeneres announces that one of her favorite singers is going to perform on her show.  It is Joshua Radin and the song is, “Beautiful Day.” I focus all my attention on … Continue reading

Posted in Bereavement, death, Grief, grieving, growth, Healing, Inspiration, My story, Reflection, The Gifts of Grief | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Messy Riot of a Life

I am the “Queen of Plan B.”  I pride myself on being flexible, being able to drop whatever I am doing if something more important presents itself.  Something more important could mean responding to a serious health crisis of a … Continue reading

Posted in growth, Hardships, Healing, Holidays, Inspiration, My story, Reflection, Relationships, Spirituality, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Who Cares For The Caregivers?

I am a nurse and my training has taught me to assess, plan, implement and evaluate whatever program I start.  So, I initiated a caregivers support group at my church this spring after hearing members complain that they were feeling … Continue reading

Posted in Caregivers, Education, My story, Resources, Support groups, Transitions, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments