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The Need to Honor

I have learned to create a space for everything that comes my way in life, whether good or bad. After my 18-year-old daughter Jeannine died in March of 2003 as a result of cancer, I tried to suppress or distract myself from the seemingly endless wave of intense pain that permeated the core of my very...



Meet my friend Lisa. She and I met at a conference where she shared a little of her story. Just a few months earlier Lisa had lost part of her heart, with the death of her beloved sister, Brandi. As you might imagine the pain is...


There is a wish among us, one that can be granted. I wish those who have not entered this journey would educate themselves, just a little, in understanding the path we have been forced to take. Sadly, many will not notice this road until they themselves set their feet on its clay. It is then they will look back and see the folly of their words, the misconceived ideas of what grief is. So many...


As Tim says

Here is a song I wrote to remember lost loved ones and feeling their presence all around...Original song wrote by Tim Strathman copyright Tim Strathman 2015


Grief Surges – those unexpected, out-of-the-blue emotional tailspins that can send us spiraling downward with no forethought and no warning. Like ocean waves that tumultuously surge against the rocky shoreline, our emotions roll over us, bringing back the pain of our grief as if we were experiencing the event that triggered our grief all over again. Ah, if only we could protect...


Please take your eyes and focus them on the beauty that is all around you.  You are not alone. You are not without them.  They are with you and watching over you in all that you do from Heaven.  Heaven is not as far away as you think.  It is not past the moon and stars.  You do not need a rocket ship to get to them. 

Heaven is only 3 feet off of our floor....


  When a loved one passes.. We tend to think of them as Lost…. We make the fact that we “Lost” them our focus….   We talk about spending our Days “Without” them…. We say that they “Won’t be with us in the Holiday Season” ….. “We will Never Spend another Birthday with them”….. “Living is so hard to do when they are gone”

  My Question is…. WHY????????????



Letter from Heaven

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say... but first of all to let you know that I arrived okay. I'm writing this from heaven, here I dwell with God above. Here there is no sadness, here is just eternal love. Please do not be unhappy just because I am out of sight. Remember I am with you every morning noon and night. The day I had to leave when my life on...


When I was a very young teen, my mom, two brothers, two cousins and an Aunt took a trip from Colorado to California, by car, to see my grandma, mom's mom. We all know what traveling long distances with kids is like. My grandma had a hereditary lung condition, that's what my mom said. Grams lungs filled with fluid constantly, she was always on the edge of drowning.  She ate Vicks Vapro rub...


Decades ago, when I was a young mother with two little daughters, the Air Force sent my husband to Vietnam. A flight surgeon, he was commander of a base hospital in the central highlands. He was gone for a year, and during that year I grieved for him immensely. My anticipatory grief became worse as the months passed. Each day, I wondered if this would be the day men in uniform would appear at...


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