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There are many changes that seniors must deal with as they continue to grow older. One of the most devastating and often unavoidable obstacles for older adults is losing a spouse. There are many elderly individuals who have lost a spouse who they have been with for decades, and handling this devastating situation (...

Feelin' Groovy

Ever had a song, a fragrance or box of cereal stir you to tears? It's been 19 years since my mom's sudden graduation to heaven. So, how...


I am now in my 5th year. I wish with all my heart that I could tell you that the pain of death goes away some, but I can't. Those who are here with me know this also. Yesterday, I had a total and complete fall. Looking back today, I realized that I have been holding that pain and sorrow in a tight ball that was held close to my broken heart. The two, beating together without anywhere to...


“I’m feeling so lost...”


If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it's how universal the experience of grief is. As unique a journey as each griever travels, there are still so...


The day I went to Heaven
You didn’t get to say goodbye
But, it’s okay, you didn’t need to
More time will come for you and I
The life we shared was just a small glimpse...
Of what’s to come in life we’ll share


Sometimes the sands of time just slip right on through the hourglass until one day when you least want it, someone dies. 
Their spirit probably leaves...


Gift As Curse


Right now


after Mother’s

death, our family

dynamics hold up

such that each of us

can grieve both together

and alone, that is up until...


The Double-sided Coin of Grief

A double-sided coin with two different and opposing sides adequately describes my heart after receiving the knock on our door that changed our lives forever. On August 13, 2012, our sons Aaron (26) and Steven (22) were involved in a fatal car accident. Our first-born son, Aaron, didn’t survive. Steven, our only other child,...


Just before 5, I opened my eyes to see Greg, sitting at the end of the bed putting his shoes on. And I began to cry.

He turned around to face me. “What’s wrong?” he said.

“It stopped hurting.” I answered softly.

“Stopped hurting?”

“My incision.” I lifted my nightgown to reveal my scar, still darkened by pooled, clotted blood beneath the surface.

“Isn’t it a ...


  Tragedy Passings are some of the most difficult passings to heal from.  We wonder if our loved one suffered at the time of their passing and because we place so much focus upon the moment of their passing, it is as if we are stuck in that moment, trying to...


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