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"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...


Grief, it is a harrowing journey, a journey that changes people. But through it, we strengthen. Grief; we must not let it define who we are, but we must let it prepare us for who we will be" -Catherine Capra-Leaf.


Is it jealousy that leads my stomach to turn every time I hear someone I know has become pregnant on their very first try?

Is it envy that leads my eyes to stare at children who are the age he would've been his age and wish I were the parents?

Is it conniving to watch other parents yell at their kids or mistreat them and wish I could...


Today I sent my Christmas cards to those that I love
But the one I couldn't send was to you up above.
In your Christmas card what would I say?
That I wish I could see you everyday.
Would I wish you Happy Holidays just like the rest?
To wish I could hold you would be in my jest.


Look for opportunities that will help you on your grief journey. When you are ready (and don't rush it), try to find an activity to distract your mind from your loss.


It could be something at your child's school. Perhaps you always wanted to be a teacher, but you were too busy raising a family. Now you have the time. You may want to volunteer to...


I wish I could travel back in time just to have you hold me once again.

I wish I could travel back in time just to hear your voice again

I wish I could travel back in time just to say I love you

What I wish for and what I have is the difference between a dream and reality

So when I sleep I travel, I see your smileing face, I feel the warmth of your arms around me ...


I Mention Him

Not to make you uncomfortable,
He's my son, I should be able to talk about him.

Not to dwell,
He will forever be my son, part of my life, my heart.

Not to make you feel guilty,
He is a...

Myth #1:  Grief follows a logical, linear pattern

There is no right or wrong way or time frame for grieving.  Each person’s grief is uniquely his or her own and it is neither predictable nor orderly. While stages of grief have been identified, it is not helpful to try to tell somewhat what their grief and mourning experiences should be or to try to fit...

         Grief is a lot like being punched in the...

I worshipped her and her remarkable powers – her ability to read, to ride a two-wheeler, to talk intelligently, and to entertain.


Our parents were different from us - so seemingly old and unapproachable (but not really, I realized as I grew up). But my sister was like me. We went to school, played with toys, were made of the same supple material except that her hair was dark...


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