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Be Crumbled, Be Changed

Inside each of us there’s a continual autumn. Our leaves fall and are blown out over the water, a crow sits in the blackened limbs and talks about what’s gone. There’s a necessary dying, and then we are reborn breathing again. Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled so wildflowers will come up where you are. ~Rumi A month before my mom died, my life looked pretty

The Closure Debate

After my first post, a friend sent me a link to Nancy Berns TEDx-talk on Closure. That friend had recently lost one of her newborn twins and the video helped her find comfort in her journey with loss. I agree- it’s a must watch for anyone dealing with grief and perhaps struggling with the idea of “closure”. (Scroll down for the video) Closure is a concept we’ve all heard of, right? It’s

The Yellow Shirt

This story was shared with my sister last Friday by a friend of our mom – it touches on  creating traditions and ends with a revelation on peace. “I am leaving you with a gift: peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives…” *The yellow shirt had long sleeves, four extra-large pockets trimmed in black thread and snaps up the front. It

Peace Through Grief: The Beginning

After the sudden loss of my mom last year and the loss of my dad eleven years ago, I’m beginning to consider that maybe, just maybe, I’m here on this earth to talk to others about grief. In the recent years I’ve also lost two friends to incurable illnesses and seen dear friends lose their unborn or newborn children. I have seen the strain, discomfort, and confusion that grief brings to

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