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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

A Simple Way To Receive Signs from our Loved Ones

It was the Kool-Aid Koolers. I am pretty sure they have been lurking in the juice aisle for years,but my VERY frequent grocery store trips don't take me to that aisle. I go frequently because I simply canNOT stand the grocery store since we lost Keith 9 years ago and i make brief,frequent trips and spend way too much money just grabbing stuff. Towards ,I would say the last year-when Keith was...


In 2013 my husband’s aorta split like a garden hose. I drove him to the hospital and arrived “just in time,” according to an emergency room nurse. My husband was bleeding to death and surgeons operated on him twice in an attempt to staunch the blood. No luck. They operated on him a third time and, while they saved his life, my husband had a spinal stroke during the operation and it paralyzed...


How can you celebrate when your heart is broken?

This is my final article on Holiday Grief. Here’s what we talked previously:

Wow -I've just watched the film The Book Of Life - It's a children's film that deals openly with death.
I couldn't help but compare my own grief journey too it. There were lots of similarities. But it also provided confirmation about some...

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