• Do You Value the Gift of Life Each Day?

    We all feel so much sorrow over the terrible tragedy that took place in Aurora, Colorado, and we send our prayers to those personally affected by it. So many lives were lost, and many more lives will...

    • Posted 8 years ago
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  • Life Like Water, Stepping on Shadows

    Once the wintery mix stopped, it began raining and it’s rained and rained and rained and…it’s still raining. We’ve had a few hours of sunshine in the last couple of weeks but, at the moment, can’t really...

    • Posted 8 years ago
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  • Plan B

    As a former florist, I assisted with thousands of wedding plans. Three brides still I hold a special place in my heart. The first called the shop on a quiet mid-week afternoon. The young woman asked if was possible to have a...

    • Posted 8 years ago
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  • Discipline

    Discipline is a challenging word when your life changes in a blink of an eye. My mother lived with us for four years and even prior to that I spoke to her just about every single day...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • 5 Months…but who’s counting…

    Here we are, in the tropics of Alaska, also known as Barrow. When we were packing for this trip, I told Dave, “Honey, you need to take a jacket or sweater.” He barely glanced my direction. “Oh...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • The Grass Is Slowly Growing, My Mother Is Slowly…

    This past weekend my mother entered hospice care. Her dementia has progressed to such a degree, that she is having difficulty communicating and eating. After making all the arrangements with the hospice nurse, I walked outside to...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • Grief Unadorned

    “Good grief!” (no pun intended) I can hear you saying. Is she going to ratchet on again about grief? Well, yeah so if you don’t want to read this post, now would be a really, really good...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • Becoming Visible

    By Heidi McLaughlin – I could hardly breathe. The memories in the house were chocking me. I had to get out. Only twenty-four short days ago my husband had walked out of the house and said “Honey,...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • New Ways to Think About Grief

    Someone you love dies, or develops a chronic illness, or becomes gravely ill. The man or woman in your life betrays you with another lover. You become unemployed and subsequently lose your home. The emotional result of...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • Proactive, Not Reactive

    Are you a member of The School of Hard Knocks? Yeah, me too. This blog will be updated on an as I can basis. Grief is funny business; at least it is for me. For every few...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • During Your Grief-Filled Christmas—God is Close

    By Kathleen Gibson – Grief is an unruly visitor—and even more so, when it drops in near Christmas. Surrounded by the mirth of others, the knife of loss cuts on both sides. For a time, the death...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • The Sadness of Holidays

    By Linda Menesez – Do you ever walk down neighborhood streets at night, and think about the warm glowing scenes you see through the uncovered windows? I do! I like to imagine the happiness inside those homes! Sometimes,...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • Handling the Holidays During Loss or Grief

    By Laura Petherbridge – October through December can be an excruciating time of year for those who have experienced a loss. In addition to the death of a loved one, divorce, illness, family trauma, job loss, a...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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  • How to Combine Celebration and Sorrow

    By Beth Havey – Most of us are familiar with the downside of the coming holidays: if there is sorrow in life it’s hard to get through these times when wherever you go people are wishing you...

    • Posted 9 years ago
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