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When GRIEF and THANKSGIVING Collide, Who Will Win?

Grief is about to meet Thanksgiving. Which one will win?

HOLIDAYS - When Old Pain Becomes Fresh Again

Pain runs deep. Grief scars are powerful, and sink into the darkest recesses of the heart. Catastrophic wounds can throw us into survival mode for a while.

No matter how old the wound, with the right trigger, the pain can become incredibly fresh again.

Grief is like that. And it’s especially challenging during the holiday season.

My dear wife Christine

What did we do to deserve it Our sin was to fall in love with each other. Didn't we deserve to live happily We married because we loved. It wasn't just a passing thing. We made our marriage work through our differences. Yes we had some but we didn't give up on each other. When all was said and done neither of us would want to leave following a disagreement.

When Holidays Bring Sadness

One Sunday afternoon when I was fifteen, my dad had a massive heart attack and collapsed in front of me. They resuscitated him at the hospital, but he never regained consciousness. For a week I sat by his bed and talked about anything and everything that came into my mind.

I knew he wasn’t going to make it.

When Holidays Hurt

Holidays can be naturally hard. When you’ve lost someone, special days can seem impossible.

“I’m scared. It’s like I’m frozen and can’t move. How am I going to face our anniversary without him?” said Tina, whose husband Frank died.

“When I look ahead to Father’s Day, all I can think about is him,” said Jeff, who lost his father.

Everything That Happens is BIG Now

There are times in life when everything seems gigantic. Conflict, stress, tragedy, loss, death, and grief and just a few of things that can grip and squeeze us with seemingly merciless power.

“Everything that happens is big now. Every little issue is magnified, because I'm by myself,” Tiffany shared, wringing the napkin in her hand.

My Letter to Patty

My dear wife Patty,

When You Feel Like SCREAMING

Ever feel like screaming? With all that’s happened to and around us, it’s hard to believe we aren’t screaming most of the time.

Perhaps we are – silently, in the deep recesses of our hearts.

Maybe it’s time we let a little of that pain out.

 

Betty went a little nuts – on purpose

When We Miss Their Voice

There’s nothing quite like someone’s voice. It’s a signature of sorts.

Some voices are like music to our ears. They announce the presence of someone we love and delight in. Just the sound of their voice brings a smile of joy.

I Can't Catch My Breath

“It’s constant. I had no idea how hard it would be. The depth of the grief is astounding,” Maggie shared.

“Sometimes I feel like I can’t even catch my breath.”

Maggie’s spouse Ted had died of pancreatic cancer six months earlier. No wonder she was gasping for breath. 

Grief packs a punch

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