Marty Rose and I grew up in the same neighborhood. He was in my older brothers’ age range. When I was a kid he would walk by on his way home from high school with an armload of books. He was always funny and cool and a real smart alec. … Read the rest
I recently saw the Northern Lights while in Iceland. It was spectacular. Seeing them made me think of my son and others who have died and gone to Heaven. The dancing lights seemed full of joy. I imagined Cory seeing them from the other side.
Right after I got back … Read the rest
No one grieves the same way or at the same pace. Families reeling from a loss, especially death, struggle with the differences because they don’t understand why others aren’t portraying the same feelings or behaving as him or her. It always bears repeating. No one grieves the same. Our grief … Read the rest
A few weeks ago, you may or may not remember that I received a surprise from my friend Scott whose 3-year-old sarcastic email popped to the top of my list when I opened my cell. Well, he told me to let his family know he would be at his daughter’s … Read the rest
Everyone will be forced to grieve at some point in time. If you are lucky it won’t happen until you are old enough to understand it. I had a grandparent die when I was young and I had no clue what was going on. In elementary school, a neighbor ended … Read the rest
I have been nursing some inner soul wounds. It is hard as a parent to watch your kids go through hard times. I won’t invade my kids’ privacy by getting into details, but let me just say that most of them are struggling right now. And, all are struggling around … Read the rest
I am feeling small today. It is hard to describe. At times grief is hard to explain. Just in the past few weeks, I have experienced the deaths of several friends whom I loved deeply. Pamala Iacovitti was diagnosed with an aggressive lung cancer and passed within six weeks. I … 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
If you are missing a loved one, you are not alone. Missing someone who has crossed over the rainbow bridge never goes away. You miss the person’s voice, wisdom, scent, physical body, and presence. You miss your ability to see, hear, and touch him or her. Time doesn’t change your … 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