Grief never leaves you – you change over time as you adjust to the empty spaces. Looking at a calm sea is rather like the face you show the world when a loved one dies. But, under the sea, there is a whole other reality with sea life, plants, and … Read the rest
While sipping tea in Ireland, I was reminded how history lessons sometimes meld into the here and now. Old wounds, old scars, old conflicts… sad history lessons learned or re-learned in Europe became reminders of what we face today.
My husband and I recently went to Scotland, Italy, and Ireland. … Read the rest
We have just experienced another horrifying attack on a group of innocent people. Like stars in the sky, there have been too many to count. It is becoming common. It is happening with such frequency, and people are de-sensitizing. That’s even worse. Where is the outrage? The trucker plowing into … Read the rest
The dictionary defines the word “empathy” as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” Having empathy for me means to be there and to stand up for someone after a loss or tragic event. I envision standing up steady like tall trees that grow straight and true. … Read the rest
I just saw a meme on Facebook that was about grief attacks. It inspired me because I love the double meaning. It reminds me of the double meaning of rainbows. We love the beauty of each and every one. According to my son Cory, rainbows are the bridge from here … Read the rest
The beautiful flowers depicted in this scene will eventually wither and die. The scenery will change when the flowers are gone. The plants will continue to grow. The sky will still be blue. But, the experience will have changed.
Grief is the natural result of a major loss. When faced … Read the rest
I took my little grandson to the park the other day. Pushing him on the swings reminded me of when we were kids and of course, it reminded me of taking my younger brother Bobby to the park when he was a toddler. I remember pushing him on the swings … Read the rest
This week has seen the deaths of David Bowie, Alan Rickman (aka Severus Snape from Harry Potter and a multitude of British movies) and now Glenn Frey from the Eagles. One of my co-workers was really upset about Bowie while another about Rickman—both were 69. Glenn Frey was only 67. … Read the rest
It’s that time of year again. Yep, every year Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate comes at the same time. Every year there are grievers who will feel the loss of a loved one or loved ones even sharper and deeper because of the empty chair at the table or … Read the rest
I recently traveled to the great Pacific Northwest to do a book event, and a television interview on New Day NW a talk show on KING-TV. It was great fun. I was able to reconnect with some friends I had not seen in years and a few I hadn’t seen … Read the rest