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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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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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Mother Earth Eases My Grief

I have always loved nature. Our only family vacations took place in a little town in northeastern, Wisconsin where my great-aunt and uncle own a cabin.  I was still in diapers when I started going there in the 60’s. Not much of … Continue reading

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Grief with Wings

My son Matt is thirteen months old when he takes his first airplane flight. His father Chris and I are heading to Arizona to spend time with my sisters and their families and to introduce Matt to his extended family. … Continue reading

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Has Grief Altered Your Family Tree?

Henry has every right to be embittered and negative about life.  He grows up quickly becoming the man of the house for his mother and five younger siblings after his father dies when Henry is seventeen. He is a medic … Continue reading

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God’s work amongst the ashes – Part IV

Peering through the small rectangle of glass in the narthex door, I scan the modest size crowd that has gathered in the sanctuary of the Lutheran church where I have been a member since the age of four. It seems … Continue reading

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