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...

Five Reasons Why Loss is so HARD

Loss is hard. One of my best friends died at age 12 and left me in a fog. My dad’s death when I was 15 shattered my world. Every loss since has been difficult and sometimes traumatic. I felt punched in the gut or like I had been hit by a train. Even if death was...

4 Steps for Surviving Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day can be hard, especially if you’ve lost someone. I used to think the whole Valentine’s affair was silly. Candy, chocolates, cards, and flowers. Growing up, I saw a lot of show, but little substance. Now, I see the day differently....

How to Navigate the EMOTIONAL MINEFIELD of Christmas

Christmas is wonderful. It can also be tough. The air is filled with tinkling bells, holiday music, and seasonal fragrances. People are everywhere, holding hands, smiling, getting into the “Christmas spirit.” The world around us commands us to be happy and celebrate....

When GRIEF Meets THANKSGIVING, Who Will Win?

Grief is about to meet Thanksgiving. Which one will win? We think of these two as enemies. What if they could actually be friends? Holidays surface our losses. We’re assaulted by memories. Good times. Not so good times. But most of all, we wish for more time...

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