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My daughter Helen, mother of my twin grandchildren, died 11 years ago. The 10th anniversary of her death was especially hard and I’m not sure why. I only knew that Helen wasn’t part of my life. Death robbed me of a future with her, a painful truth I face each day.

I wasn’t just grieving for my daughter. Three more family members died the same year—my father-in-law, my brother...


We are created by God with the ability and urge to cry when our emotions move us, so shedding tears must be an important part of being a human being - a person composed of a body and a soul made in the image and likeness of God.



People are us how we're doing. How are we supposed to answer that one? "I'm fine," is a typical response, even though that might be the opposite of how we feel. 


From the...


Grief is exhausting. Missing someone can be incredibly draining. Everything seems like a solo climb of Mount Everest. 

From the Grieving Heart...



Do you ever run across something that seems like a “wink from Heaven?” ~  uniquely designed to warm your soul and let you know all is good with a family member or friend who has gone to be with the...



When we get hit by loss, our entire being feels the shock. We can feel like we're somehow disappearing, like shadows in the night.  



Some losses change everything. We're not the same people we used to be. How could we be?

From the Grieving Heart:

Since you left, I'...


Tim's birthday is coming up on July 25th. So many memories trying to crowd each other out. They laid this little tiny bundle in my arms and again my life changed. I had a 5 year old daughter waiting for us at home and she had already changed my life. Both of my babies changed my life for the better. I had two little ones who loved me unconditionally, and I loved them the same. They were my...


Grief is change. It changes our life, our routine, our plan and right along with it, grief changes us.  Change is hard under the best of circumstances (new job, a wedding, a baby), but the changes we don’t ask for can be intolerable. Some of these changes will be forever and long lasting, but some will only be part of the acute and early stages of grieving (whatever that timeline...


Loss generates questions - lots of them. Many of them have no satisfying answers, yet our hearts must ask them anyway. 


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