Grief and Loss Blog

Father’s Day since losing your Dad No Comments

This year might be your first Father’s Day since losing your Dad, a beloved child or another important person in your life. Or maybe it’s been a while. Either way, Father’s Day can be tough when a piece of your heart’s puzzle is missing…

Feelin’ Groovy No Comments

Ever had a song, a fragrance or box of cereal stir you to tears? It’s been 19 years since my mom’s sudden graduation to heaven. So, how could Mother’s Day week and a song be the catalyst for tears in my grilled chicken tenderloin salad? Sounds like a country music song…

Turning Pain into Power No Comments

When you first lose someone it is impossible to do anything. You drag yourself through each sad day, hour by miserable hour. It is a struggle than takes time and effort and sadly, sometimes involves spiraling out of control…

Everything Will Be Okay If You Just No Comments

After a deep loss like the death of a loved one, well-meaning family members and friends often think they can magically erase our grief by getting us to make some sort of change. I think sometimes people who are not dealing with deep grief often have no real concept of how difficult it can be to overcome…

Nothing is Wasted No Comments

This Father’s Day post is dedicated to our friend, Davey Blackburn. Davey is the Pastor of Resonate Church in Indianapolis, IN. The Blackburns story of love, unthinkable loss, faith and hope continues to inspire people around the world…

Different Loss, Same Pain No Comments

I recently lost my eighty-nine-year-old mother. She had suffered from health problems for several years. Still, even though I was relieved that she was no longer struggling, her quality of life was awful, and her death was expected–it was more difficult than I had imagined it would be…

Being the One and Only Parent No Comments

Not much changes in twenty-five years when you are faced with an untimely death of a spouse and forced to raise your children as an only parent. Sheryl Sandberg has recently shared with the media the pain of being an only parent, caring for her children who suddenly lost their father…

Using Grief to Grow No Comments

I remember the first time my grief counselor told me that one day I might find a way to grow from my grief. I think I blurted out something like, “Grow from my grief? Are you crazy?” My husband’s loss had devastated me and I couldn’t imagine taking my experiences and actually growing from all the horrible things I had been through since his death…