Category Archives: Transitions

Tears Come With Joy and Sorrow

I visit my first husband’s grave to tell him that our son is getting married and I tear up.  And when I see our daughter in her wedding gown for the first time, the same thing happens.  Two children getting … Continue reading

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Castle in the Sand – When the Life You Knew Crumbles and Another Gets Built

My curiosity propels me forward.  A small group of people are congregating on the beach outside the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California.  They are taking pictures, but all I can see from a distance is a green beach umbrella … Continue reading

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Fully Alive While Waiting

There are a number of bracelets on her emaciated left wrist; some with crystal beads strung on elastic, another with tiny crosses and charms.  The purplish-pink one with the letters DNR is the one I notice first.   We are visiting … Continue reading

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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

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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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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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Intergenerational Grief – Billy, Part II

This article is the second in a two-part series, you can read last week’s post Intergenerational Grief – Billy, Part I here. I saw multiple loses during my years as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse. Babies were born prematurely, some died during delivery … Continue reading

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