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 SPECIAL DAYS bring SADNESS

When SPECIAL DAYS bring SADNESS

One Sunday afternoon when I was fifteen, my dad had a massive heart attack and collapsed in front of me. They resuscitated him at the hospital, but he never regained consciousness. For a week I sat by his bed and talked about anything and everything that came into my...

When the Pain Becomes Fresh Again

Pain runs deep. Early scars are powerful, and sink into the darkest recesses of the heart. Catastrophic wounds can throw us into survival mode for a while. No matter how old the wound, with the right trigger, the pain can become incredibly fresh again. Grief is like...

When Grief Steals Our Oxygen

Life can take our breath away. Literally. “It’s constant. I had no idea how hard it would be. The depth of the grief is astounding,” Maggie shared. “Sometimes I feel like I can’t even catch my breath.” Maggie’s husband Ted had died of pancreatic cancer six months...

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