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i write this to all who need some love

take a look at the sky up above

There is someone listening to your prayers

They know your asking and they care

People can be mean an no filter to their mouth

I love my man he's from the South

i love when he says yes sir and yes ma'am 

He truly loves me for who I am

i was told from a young age



When the grieving say that they don’t want to be “here” anymore you may wonder…what is the difference between being sad and being suicidal, or “normal” vs. complicated grief? Is it normal for...


I have been witness to several people...


From the Grieving Heart… 

I’m hurting. Something traumatic has occurred. Someone I love is gone, and they’re not coming back. ...


I often wonder where you are

can you hear me from afar 

there is nothing to gain from your loss in my eyes

others are quick to judge but they've got a grudge

people don't know the feeling of grief if they have not experienced it

how do they know if they never felt it

for me it was and is life changing 

I try not to go back to that day



Forever Young

In the past 11 months, I have experienced a lifetime of firsts. Your first birthday....after your death, Memorial Day....after your death, the anniversary of your injury in August that started us down this road, September...the week Taylor and I came to visit you. birthday....the first one without you here...last year you were...


Here I am and would give anything to hear you
I would give a big hug so tight
I would have helped you make it right
So many demons and dark issues would appear
You were so strong you never shed a tear
We were so much alike
In so many ways
I was your mini me
Up until the very next day
I'll always love you my dad my best friend
I pray and hope...


I must be dumb. I keep expecting life to be smooth, even when I’m grieving.

I know I expect “smoothness” because I get upset when life is bumpy. Silly. Life has always been bumpy.

I know that loss, grief, recovery, and healing are hard. Yet, I get surprised when my hurt hearts or my emotions are out of whack. I’m shocked when I get hit by a grief burst. Somehow I expect challenges...


                                               Rocks, Angels, and 18 months



The Letter Every Caregiver Should Write

Life doesn't come with a manual, and neither does caring for a loved one who is dying. And yet so many caregivers I've met follow such a similar pattern of behavior, it...


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