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My dad died of a heart attack when I was fifteen. I was with him at the time. I was a lifeguard and CPR certified, but I froze. Honestly, it never entered my mind to start chest compressions.

Twenty years later, I was in a counselor’s office because I was having grief-induced panic attacks. Unknowingly, I had felt responsible for my dad’s death all that time.


Since you've been gone

I keep thinking you're coming back.

I waited, day and night

But you never came.

Now...I am so torn...

Can't let go

I often wonder if you miss me as much as I miss you.

God knows I think of you every second of every day.

I think of the special moments we shared.

Those were some of the happiest times of my life.


Grief has made me do things I never thought I would do. Good and bad.

My Year of Firsts.....They Never End

While attending Jared's second Memorial

My Best Friend

If I could turn back time I would go back to my teenage years

I would take back every rude thing I said

I would choose to spend time with you, over my friends, instead


I am thankful we became so close over your last several years

I miss our walks, our talks, our adventures with my boys, and all that we would do

I realise...

I realise...

My gift to you!

This gift I write for you today 

is the only one I have.

you cannot unwrap it or give it back.

My hope for this day,

is you know you are remembered in every possible way!

I would load up the presents, Santa would sit you on his knee,

take pictures, have laughter, if only you could be with me.

God has you now, and  forever you'll be

GRIEF - Give Yourself Permission To Feel

Grief... it hurts, it's raw and it's a journey filled with feelings that can be extreme.

Often we don't want to feel these feelings. Often we resist them.

I found the more I resisted my painful feelings the more they persisted.  When I allowed my feelings to come through and then expressed them through my writing the healing began.


Jude xoxoxo

Raking Leaves

Life in Michigan comes complete with lots of beautiful trees that spring to life in the spring, providing vibrant green foliage and shade during the summer, and spectacular fall colors in the brisk air of autumn. Then, the leaves all fall off the trees and create a huge amount of work for those of us who live amongst the trees. I’m not complaining, much.

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