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Cat Zen

Animals have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I have been both a dog and cat owner; every time one of them died, the pain of grief was intense. I always considered my pets to be a part of our family. I have always viewed my pets as loyal and faithful companions but never really gave much...




I was asked a very important question about suicide and people wanting to take their life so I thought I would expand on that here. I was asked “What would you say to a person if they were considering suicide, now that you know how it hurts? ”

In all honesty my perspective about suicide has remained pretty much the same. People believe that if someone is...


I wish you would...


Remember him and say his name. Remember when his birthday comes. Remember his smile and how it warmed your heart.


Acknowledge the pain I am in...because it's going to be here for a long time and life doesn't just go on for me. The weight of...


Having lost so many significant people in my life, I found it very hard to move through the grieving process and became stuck in the darkness of pain and the depression of grief. My husband bought me an Angel book where I found this poem.



Life's pain can bring a flood of tears, the heart can feel as if it's been torn to pieces. Our minds can feel like it feels like mush. But the Love and lost look we have can seem as if going on seems impossible. The feelings that ground our hearts down can easily find separating from everyone is the answer, but remember someone needs you.

Life still continues during your grieving time....


“Through their eyes!”

The 3 i’s; The ignorant, the insensitive and the idiot

What to say to a grieving person

For most people, attending a visitation and Funeral is difficult, and whilst each funeral is different, i.e. some are more devastating as a result of the circumstances surrounding the death,...


Shattered out into many pieces of glass. Is what the moment is vivid and deep within our hearts. Even though we cling to Faith and our Belief, we still feel , ache and are shattered. Just as a glass shatters into a million pieces, there is no way to piece it back together. The heart still has that scar ' s and  the pain there is just, no way to fill the missing pieces.

Our inner...


Last month I hiked up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek to a camp at 5th Lake. The camp was located in the Eastern Sierra out of Big Pine, California. I was camping with with my late husband’s extended family (brothers and sisters-in-law, one niece and nephew) and my husband of six months, Larry. The trip marked my extended family’s 25th annual pack trip to the Eastern side of the Sierra.

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Wow, wow, wow what an emotional roller coaster this month has been, and it's not over yet. To say that May 2014 is one of the most difficult months of my life is an understatement.  Prayers please for May 30th, as we attend the sentencing for Tate, the driver of the accident. Most of you are aware of where my family and myself stand. I just finished an emotional letter that I  will...


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