Category Archives: My story

When Loss Enters Faith

My husband Chris and I watch as our pastor cups his hand into the basin and begins to pour water on our son’s forehead. This is a sacred sacrament, our firstborn’s baptism.  Two years later, another pastor is the only … Continue reading

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A Poem – Succumbing to Grief?

Faces of emaciated caged dogs, appear on the television screen, the swollen bellies of children we have never seen. Closer to home, a young girl’s life draws to an end – from an invasive tumor growing in her head. A … Continue reading

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Lost and Looking for Happy

I know I am wearing clothes and shoes, and that my toddler son is in my arms. There are people from all walks of life going in and out and pushing past us as I stare blankly at the menu. … 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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How Do I Help a Child Grieve?

Dr. Donna Schuurman is the Executive Director of The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families in Portland, Oregon, and an internationally recognized authority on grief and bereaved children, teens, and families. Attending the 5th Annual Grief Education Conference this … Continue reading

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The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home and the Center of my Grief

It has taken a year, both of us working full-time, to save for the down payment for our first home.  The lannon-stone house built in the 1950s, sits on a half-acre lot, nestled between farmland.  There is no extra money … Continue reading

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