Do you remember when Julia Roberts, as the character Elizabeth Gilbert in the book/film “Eat, Pray, Love” said “I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am.
I know that one of our goals as humans is to live life happy and if we aren't happy, to somehow find what is going to make us happy.
If your parents left behind things you don't really need in your daily life, why not put them to good use? You can sell those items on craigslist, ebay or if it's funky enough, even etsy! Put money from the sales in a special envelope. You can write something on it like "love mom and dad" or just leave it blank. Maybe even draw a big heart on it!
Christmas time can feel overwhelming... buying presents for everyone you know, decorating, holiday plans... None of it is the same if you've lost your mom, your dad, or both of them. It seems like so many memories are wrapped up in Christmas (or Hanukkah), how could you possibly enjoy it?
“I am a phoenix.” We have all seen the commercials on TV where people are touting their degree from the online university. Well, I am a phoenix also, but not the university kind. I am like the mythical phoenix which was consumed by fire and arose from the ashes a new creature. This is my story.
Laughter: I want to tell you something about laughter; laughter is a huge healing tool. Most of you can probably remember where you were the first time you really laughed, after your child died. You immediately felt guilty, but you also felt alive. It took you by surprise. We have to laugh. It sometimes takes a while to do it without guilt tagging along. Short story from last year’s gathering, going up in the elevator, Cindy was asked by a stranger “Your group down there seems to be really having fun, laughing and