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You came across the water

With destruction on your mind

Thinking nothing of the heartaches

And broken dreams you'd leave behind


Here's a poem my 10 year daughter wrote about her uncle(Timmy Reber), who became a homicide victim on Feb 10th 2012.



The empty chair it stares at me,

that empty chair at the table.

We'd love to sit back down,

but I just don't think we're able.



It began in October of 2010, I got a phone call saying my mom had been taken to the hospital because they thought she might of had a stroke, they kept her for a few days and then left her come home. On Nov. 6th, her boyfriend took her to the hospital, were she was admitted to the hospital once again because she spiked a fever of a 106, they...



The Power in Pain

March 1,2013 will mark the 10th angelversary of my 18-year-old daughter Jeannine’s death. At times, I wonder how I made it ten minutes, much less ten years. During my early grief, I never thought I would experience joy again, nor did I ever believe...


Ancient Calling

Today my heart soars

as sacred family gathers

in this powerful yet gentle

healing space, to breathe life

and energy into our intention

of healing Mother Earth

and all living things.


An ancient calling has sounded.

One by one we heed the call,

and come together...


I miss my life, before grief walked in, and made itself at home.  


Grief is something I wish would go away and forget how he found his way here. Who does he think he is, just showing up unexpected, taking control. I want him to go away, never to return.


Grief is so powerful, it causes so many emotions.   




"I was beginning to find peace with myself again.  I finally felt the ability to embrace the shift in direction, and see the broken shards of glass of my life for what they really were; beautiful prisms of light.
I walked away from the icy cold cemetery on a beautiful warm spring morning, with an amazing magical kaleidoscope.  I keep it near to my heart to remind me...


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