When the past complicates our grief…

When the past complicates our grief…

In grief, we sometimes carry extra baggage we’re unaware of. Wounds from the past can exert their influence and complicate the present. Grief is tough enough, without this extra weight.   A mountain of regret Years ago, I had a serious conversation with a...
What To Do When You Feel Like Screaming…

What To Do When You Feel Like Screaming…

Ever feel like screaming? With all the losses we get hit with, and all that happens to us and around us, it’s hard to believe we aren’t screaming most of the time. Perhaps we are – silently, in the deep recesses of our hearts. Maybe it’s time we let a little of that...
Buck up and get over It? Yeah, right.

Buck up and get over It? Yeah, right.

Buck up and get over it. Yep, we’ve all heard some version of that. If we’re in the middle of a pity party, that might be good advice. If we’re hurting and in the midst of healing, however, it’s not very helpful. “People are telling me to buck up and get over it. Life...

When Loss Steals Our Dreams

Kids dream. For them, anything is possible. Then we grow up. We take some hits. Life doesn’t go the way we planned. We lose – relationships, jobs, opportunities, and people. The dreams morph over time. Then, well, they mostly disappear. And our broken hearts settle...

What I'm Learning Through My Son's Illness

Life is full of upsets. One dictionary defines “upset” as “an unexpected, worrisome occurrence.” Another definition reads, “the state of being turned upside down or over.” I’m in the middle of an upset. Perhaps you are too.   Uh oh… At the beginning of this...

Why April Hurt (and What I Can Do About It)

We all have our “trigger-times” – those special days or seasons that unleash pain and grief on a greater scale. Birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, for example, can surface our losses and throw them in our faces. The whole month of April does...

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