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I see your tears from Heaven I see the pain you hold for me I know you wish I was still with you Just the way I used to be I hear you say that you sure miss me I've watched you scream out loud alone I know it's hard to live without me You wish that Heaven had a phone I want to show you that I'm with you Please feel me here right at your side Heaven is truly all around you My Soul, it never...


How do we get to acceptance? Ever since four family members died in 2007, including my elder daughter, the mother of my twin grandchildren, I’ve grappled with this question. I studied grief recovery then, and continue to study it. Many grief experts see acceptance as a choice we make for ourselves.

One thing is certain--our loved ones one wouldn’t want us to stay stuck in the darkness of...


No one wants to be sad. In fact, we spend a good part of our life in the general pursuit of happiness, doing anything we can to avoid sadness, heartache, discomfort and pain. That is, until someone we love dies. And suddenly, not only does happiness feel so far out of reach, we may find ourselves actively (if not always consciously) avoiding grief....


Death is the ultimate loss. After a loved one departs from this world, we experience immense grief and sadness. How are we supposed to carry on with life after this type of loss? What can we expect in the days, weeks, and months following the funeral? How will we manage when we return to work after the death of a loved one?

Ever since losing my 17 year old son Brian in a car accident when someone would say the word “strong” it would make me so mad....

They Miss Us, Too


They miss us, too, the ones who've gone before us,

crossed the bar or bought the farm,

ascended into heaven, kicked the bucket, in repose,

asleep in Christ, to glory graduated, gone to be with God

and all his angels, all those scrubbed and sweeter, silly, 

really, ways of saying that they died. They're...


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We all have a circle somewhere in our existence that represents wholeness. A representation can be drawn on paper or simply in your mind and the starting line is never broken. Everything is connected. 

Our individual circles give us a sense of belonging, of safety, of our part in a very large chaotic world. I drew my circle years ago, when my eldest son was a teenager and my...


To my Parent/Parents from your Child in Heaven,


  I wanted to send you a letter...


I've contemplated writing this post for months, but fear has kept me from doing so. It's not an easy thing to discuss with anyone, much less the entire internet...


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