Grief is a sacred journey

Bereavement and End of Life

Who’s in Charge of This Crazy Life? Catherine Tidd’s ‘Confessions of a Mediocre Widow’

“Why? Why…Why did this happen?” Catherine Tidd yelled at a pastor she barely knew. “We did everything right. I don’t know a better person than Brad. Why did this happen? What am I going to do? How am

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Languages of Love: Essential Marriage Skills 101

“Have you heard about The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman?” our dear friend Richard asked as we soaked naked in their hot tub and talked about life with Richard and his wife. The summer night was cool;

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We’re Still Standing, So We May As Well Dance

Last week, my community turned out for Martha’s memorial service. It was a celebration, what I imagine a New Orleans’ funeral might be. Martha was one of seven kids and many of her siblings, nieces, and nephews

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How to Create a Solstice Ritual: Honoring Nature’s Pause

Christmas often feels frantic and commercial rather than spiritual. New Year’s is party time. At Solstice, I feel the peace of Nature’s pause and the gift of returning light. Since my husband Vic’s death, I’ve created Solstice

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Finding Balance during Grief: Healing Dreams and Creativity

I try out for a team that demands gymnastic skills. I do a handstand, shocked by my ability and strength.  I’m told to hold this position, as though I am an antenna tuned into an important station.

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He’s Only A Dog: Love, Loss, and Continuing Bonds

“Where’s Amigo?” I asked Mom. “Isn’t he in the backyard?” she replied. “No. Someone left the gate open.” “Oh, don’t worry, honey. He’ll come back, he always does.” True, he always did. I walked through my neighborhood

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Give Thanks For This Imperfect Life

What if Vic’s cancer had been caught earlier? What if the diagnosis was a mistake? What if they’d tried a different treatment? Maybe he was sick because of foot x-rays in his childhood shoe stores or the

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Waiting for a Call: Love, Loss, and Continuing Bonds

I wait for Vic to call. I saw him exhale without inhaling again. I washed his body, shrouded it, and zipped him into a body bag. Still I wait. “May I speak to Vic,” a voice says

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Healing Through Play: Lessons from a Child

This week, author Kathleen M. Rodgers shares a healing experience she had after two hard losses. You’ll find her bio and links after the article. Thank you, Kathleen. *** Two weeks after the death of my dog

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Poems to Grieve By: Love, Loss, and Continuing Bonds

Don’t run away from grief, o soul, Look for the remedy inside the pain, because the rose came from the thorn and the ruby came from a stone. ~ Rumi The weight of my husband Vic’s death

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