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Another year without you...

It’s always so depressing

     when I realize how long it’s been 

     since I’ve seen you; 

Suffering As A Seed

We should not be too quick to abandon suffering,
lest we miss its savage blessing.
Every ending is a chance to grow stronger
in longing for what was lost.
Inside the truth of our most painful experiences
we find the seeds of new beginnings.
It is never too late
to forgive, to learn, to grow

How to Handle (Good & Bad) Triggers

For me, it’s a Bryan Adams or Collective Soul song. The roar of a super-charged Mustang. A plate full of cheesy potatoes. Fall leaves. A blue suit. His name.

A Letter to Mama, if you're reading...


Colors of the Spirit: We Are All One in Grief

I originally published a version of this article for The Open to Hope Foundation ( on July 24,2014 following my return from the national conference of the Compassionate Friends in Chicago. I recently found myself drawn to this piece, probably because this year’s Compassionate Friends national conference is drawing near.

The Anniversaries You Wish You Didn't Have to Face

As I write this, two anniversaries are on my mind. One today -- one tomorrow. 
It was eighteen years ago that I had the honor of giving my sister a kidney. Not an easy decision, but though there were challenges I didn't foresee, I am so grateful for the experience.

What My Cats Have Taught Me About Life and Loss

Cat Zen

Turn, Turn, Turn

It’s been a very long, cold winter this year. There were days in March, as the stinging cold air hung on, and the piles of snow continued to get larger, not smaller, that I wasn’t sure the warmth of spring was ever going to come.

Messages and Guidance through Signs from Loved Ones

Messages and Guidance through Signs from Loved Ones


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