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Meet my friend Lisa. She and I met at a conference where she shared a little of her story. Just a few months earlier Lisa had lost part of her heart, with the death of her beloved sister, Brandi. As you might imagine the pain is still incredibly fresh as she and her family make their way through all the firsts- holidays and special days since Brandi’s death.  

Lisa told me she had been reading through A Time to Heal, a grief journal when she came across the page about preserving memories. "The story of a life is a treasure worth preserving. As you recall long ago and recent memories, write them here to help keep them fresh in your mind and close to your heart." At the end of the journaling page is a reference to Philippians 1:3, which inspired Lisa’s beautiful tattoo. She says the words continue to give her strength and comfort. Thank You, Lord for the undeniable power of Your word.

One day Lisa and I discussed the fact that it really is OK to not be OK right now. It’s OK to cry. And it’s OK to laugh.Talking about the person we’re missing, laughing and sharing stories are some of the most awesome ways to honor their life, and be sure their light continues to shine brightly. 

Thank you, Lisa for the compelling reminder of your forever love for Brandi~ inscribed on your wrist and heart. Your unshakable faith through this storm is inspiring people more than you know. 

In the words of our friends at Open to Hope, “The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life after you died.”  Lisa- you are one brave sister. Sending hugs and love to you today. 

"I thank my God every time I remember you." Philippians 1:3  

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About the Author

Beth Marshall is a speaker and a free lance journalist. She is the author of two grief-related books, "Grief Survivor ~ 28 Steps toward Hope and Healing;" and "A Time to Heal, a grief journal." After losing three close people in her life, Marshall found comfort through saving photographs and writing about the people she was missing. Marshall served several years as Pastoral Care Coordinator for NewSpring Church in South Carolina. Currently her life is filled with freelance writing, speaking and family. She loves helping people realize there really can be joy-filled life after loss. *Please visit Beth Marshall's author page on http://www.opentohope.com/ for nuggets of encouragement and hope.

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