Read any good books lately? I have. Reading has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Dr. Seuss, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and others filled my childhood. I am what some might consider an indiscriminate reader. I like to think of myself as eclectic! I usually have 2-4 books in… Continue reading Recommended Reading
“I did not get over the loss of my loved ones; rather, I absorbed the loss into my life, like soil receives decaying matter, until it became a part of who I am.” ― Gerald L. Sittser, A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss Loss is a common human experience. If you live… Continue reading Growing Through Grief
Are You Still Listening? As a very recent and unfamiliar user with Pandora Internet Radio, I thought I’d give it a try since they tout “Free personalized radio that plays the music you love.” Could it get any better than that? Happily I selected some favorite music of mine from the 70s (yes there was… Continue reading Are You Still Listening?
“The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.” — British psychiatrist Henry Maudsley Tears are your body’s release valve for stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration. Also, you can have tears of joy, happiness, excitement, or surprise. Our bodies produce three kinds of tears: reflex, continuous, and emotional. Each kind… Continue reading The Tracks of Our Tears
Recently I was traveling home with two dear friends from a deeply moving funeral, when we noticed a car along the side road just off the highway. It was windy, rainy, and cold. The hood of the car was up with a female looking under the hood. We decided to detour from our route and… Continue reading Roadside Assistance for Grief Along the Journey
“I don’t know how you do what you do.” We hear this all the time. Hospice volunteers are special souls with hearts for this work. Not everyone is able to serve those who are dying, and their families. But you will find many stories full of service, love, and gentle holding of families during transition from… Continue reading Finding Beauty at End of Life
Last week while driving to work I found myself only half-listening to NPR’s interview by Scott Simon, from the series Next Chapter, entitled Wisdom from YA Authors on Leaving Home: Neal Shusterman. That was until I heard the following words uttered by Mr. Shusterman: “Find your comfort zone and then leave it because the greatest… Continue reading Go To Your Comfort Zone; Then Leave It
Death is a universal experience. Everyone is born and everyone must die. We, as an American culture, are not comfortable talking openly about death. Birth is announced and celebrated. Death does not get its fair share of discussion. Death Café is a movement that is changing this situation. A Death Café is a group-directed discussion of death… Continue reading You Want to Talk about WHAT?
From my back porch I can clearly see the city and the cemetery, with a river in between. In the evenings I sit and watch as the sun sets on it all. The shadows lengthen, the orange, red, and gold hues appear. There is softness in the closing of the day and I am reminded… Continue reading My Back Porch Cemetery Gives Me Cause to Pause
Sitting on a riverbank with a fishing pole with Grandpa. Learning to bake bread with Grandma. Working on cars with dad. Going dress shopping with mom. So many memories from so many lifetimes. What we wouldn’t give to sit down with any one of these beloved people and hear their stories again. We don’t know… Continue reading How to Connect Your Heart to Your Loved One