In honor of the 21st anniversary of my sister’s (still unsolved) murder, I’m re-posting an essay that I wrote and was published by Foliate Oak Literary Magazine a few years ago that explored the aftermath of that traumatic event in my life. My mom’s recent passing makes me think of them now together in love, … More She Had Known Me Forever
I allowed myself to feel sad. It was the only gift of love I could give myself. And I cried, maybe 3 or 4 times when I felt like I needed to cry. Sometimes they were just tears, other times sobs. But it was all okay. I allowed myself the freedom and time to feel. … More Cry
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not … More A Prayer for the Amputees
Finding Hope Through Grief.
I could probably list hundreds of reasons and bizarre experiences that could “prove” to you why I perceive myself and my life as not being “normal.” As a matter of fact, just describing my experiences by using the word “bizarre” proves how I sometimes feel about my life. As I reflect, the “not-normal” feeling I … More Research, Loss, & the Normal Experience
With the current trial going on in reference to the Hudson murders, I began to reminisce and remembered the commentary I wrote when that terrible tragedy first happened. I felt the need to take a quick hiatus from this month’s topic to re-post this blog post I wrote from October 27, 2008. This is the … More Reliving the Sorrow All Over Again
Yesterday, I talked about pet loss and how people view pets as family, which often leads them to an intense grief experience if a pet is lost. Today, I will talk about a few circumstances that feed into complications of grief through pet loss. First, the idea of “pet loss” is not socially accepted. I … More It’s Complicated – Losing a Beloved Pet Part 2
I was driving home today when the song “Please Don’t Leave Me” came on by Pink. I thought, now that’s someone who is afraid of being abandoned. Pink is pretty down on herself for the majority of this song, but what struck me is the part of the lyrics that say: “I always say how … More Please Don’t Leave Me