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Grief and I are well acquainted—too well acquainted. In 2007 four family members died in succession—my elder daughter, mother of my twin grandchildren, my father-in-law, the family patriarch, my brother and only sibling, and the twin’s father. These experiences changed the focus of my health writing to grief recovery writing. Researching books and articles taught me about the many types of...





When we are young, we celebrate Mother’s Day in honor of our mother’s and grandmother’s. Life is easy, no cares, no worries and no responsibilities

We become adults and have our own children

Mother’s Day is then a day to honor us

We celebrate with our children

It is a day full of joy...


One thing I’ve learned over the course of the last 15 months…Nothing is as it seems. The innocence of the reality I once knew has forever been shattered and overshadowed by the shock of the certainty of our...




When my son died, I received a lot of advice. I found people do not know what to say. They default to the things they have been conditioned to say during these times. It came from many different sources, most of which had never lost a child. The advice came from good intentions, but it was hollow. Not at all what I needed in that moment.

When someone would tell me it would be OK, I was...


You are the strength within my soul Mom

You are the rock on which I stand



"I didn't think counseling would help. I was wrong," Charles shared.

Charles' son Jonathan was an independent kid with a strong personality. Somehow, he got through high school unscathed...



It’s National Widows Day.

May 3rd.

I know you don’t pay a lot of attention to these types of things.

But I also know you heard.

I see you cry. Every single day.

It hurts me still.

I wish there was another way.



There’s never a good time or good way to lose someone we love, but if we experience the sudden loss of a loved one…is it harder?

I shy away from this type of debate in the groups...

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