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When our hearts get hit by loss, there is so much we don't understand. Some have dreams of their loved one. We wonder what these things mean. 



Mother’s Day is approaching- 

My first mothers day without Brian I was so sad as it was approaching. He is the only reason I am even a mom. And when I said those words out loud my mood about it changed.  HE is the reason I have this day. HE made me a mom. How could I not embrace that? This day? So I did. I did what I had done for the 17 years he was here with me before that car...


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...


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...



morning light a new day has begun in the life of a bum
he stammers in the curb as if a lonely bird
goes to the soup kitchen at dawn
closed off from society as if a mystery you see
pan handles for spare change to get a pint of liquor
later he retires in the mire of the shelter
everyone living so close together
he ears whispers in the dark...


Hearts are by nature vulnerable. They have to be in order to be capable of love.

When the heart takes a hit, we stagger back. We blink, and wonder...


A lot has happened since my daughter died in 2007 from the injuries she received in a car crash. Every day, when I awaken in the morning, I feel her absence and try to accommodate to it. Creating Action Memorials is one accommodation and it has helped us recover from grief. This has been a slow, rewarding process.

Although I came up with the term Action Memorials, the original idea comes...


Grief is a natural response to losing a loved one. Your emotional response is very personal and takes time.  Healing happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried.  What is important is that whatever your experience is, you need to be patient with yourself and allow your heart to follow the course that is best for you.



Anger is an overwhelming emotion at times.  If we don't keep it in check it will consume us like a deadly cancer.  Anger is a normal stage in grief, and as most of us know, we go in and out of stages for varying periods of time.  While we all know how devastating depression can be on us, we often times forget about just how destructive anger can be.






“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” - Jack Lemmon

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