Tag Archives: God

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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In the Name of God – How Faith Communities Can Support the Bereaved

The words of his story stick in his throat as Roger tries to swallow his emotions.  His wife Elaine has died four months ago; the fresh pain being unleashed as he finds a willing listener in me. Elaine had been … 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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Ash to Ash, Dust to Dust

I have a dear friend who is a loving, generous women who is not affiliated with any religious community but whom I describe as a spiritual being.  Then again, all of us are comprised of a physical, emotional and spiritual … Continue reading

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Grief is Full of Surprises

This past weekend our church held the annual Women’s Retreat – the theme this year was “Everyday Surprises.”   According to Google’s definition of the word ‘surprise,’ as a noun it means an unexpected or astonishing event, fact or thing.  It … Continue reading

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A Date With History

Chris will be turning sixty-one on January 31, but I don’t think he’s celebrating birthdays in heaven.  Twenty-four years after his death, I still pause on this day and wonder if his baby face would have aged well, if his … Continue reading

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Walking into 2014

Out with the old, in with the new is just one of the many phrases and greetings that are a part of marking time from one year to the next.  We make champagne toasts, blow noise makers and wear party hats … Continue reading

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