Grief is a sacred journey

Bereavement and End of Life

A Survival Guide for Life after Loss: Ten Ways to Nurture your Soul

312 2 11 This is the second of three Survival Guides. The first focused on Body and the next will be about Spirit. 1. Share your grief with close friends. Steve said my grief allowed him to

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A Survival Guide for Life After Loss: Body

418 8 10 This is the first of three Survival Guides: Body, Soul, and Spirit During my husband’s illness and after his death, grief exhausted me. Who cared about staying healthy? Some part of me did, but

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

122 5 “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?

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Languages of Love: Essential Marriage Skills 101

168 “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

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

280 2 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,

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

156 20 2 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,

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Finding Balance during Grief: Healing Dreams and Creativity

211 20 2 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

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

168 “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

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Give Thanks For This Imperfect Life

276 12 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

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

393 8 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

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