• 5 Steps To Revive A Life of Grief

    April 18, 2018

    There is a fine line between living and living life, just ask any grieving parent. Living a life of grief can mean barely going through the daily motions, with little care or regard for food, sleep, entertainment, or conversation. You are numb. You ache. You do not find pleasure in that which once brought excitement because…

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    Men Too, Men Grieve Too

    March 14, 2018

    Men too. Men grieve too. They need to grieve, to feel, to rise again after enduring life’s biggest heartbreak. Men need supportive tribes full of understanding dudes who “get it”, just as a grieving mother needs her bereaved besties. What can society do to encourage supportive communities for grieving men? What can we as women…

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    ‘Til Death Do We Part – And Then We Did

    February 10, 2018

    “’Til death do we part”, and then we did. Our fairy tale beginning of marriage turned into an unhappily-ever-after when the prince in our story died. You never expect the vows to break nor imagine that the “for worse” would ever be that bad. You say your vows and especially embrace the love-filled promises to…

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    Brand New Year, One Word: Plan

    January 18, 2018

    It’s a brand-new year, and many people are choosing their “One Word” to focus on throughout the next 365 days, meanwhile, others are trying to avoid one word, grief. We know grief cannot be ignored so we plan for the pain despite the despair. We live one step, one day, one word at a time.…

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  • Self-Care: Planning for the Holiday Blues

    December 13, 2017

    The holiday celebrations are just around the corner, stalking the bereaved parent like a grinchy thief in the night.  But we will not be unprepared.  We will not be blindsided by grief this time. We will arm ourselves with healing, self-care strategies and have a plan in place for the joy-stealing thief that is grief. …

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  • These Empty Spaces

    November 17, 2017

    Empty space at the table, empty space by the tree.  Empty space in the photo, empty space inside me. Empty space on the mantle, empty space on the hearth, empty space in my stomach, in my soul, in my heart.  Empty space in spaces from head to toe, I am sorry you know these spaces…

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  • They May Be Broken, but They Still Sparkle

    October 11, 2017

    I belong to a club.  It is exclusive.  Most of the members have never met, and not one of them have signed up voluntarily. Each of them carries a weight that only the other members can see, and there is an undercurrent of understanding, even without words.  Most days we survive but each day we…

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