Category Archives: Grief

Just Breathe

I got the final phone call this morning. It’s benign. I feel as if a month-long asthma episode suddenly released my lungs, opening every gasping cell. I keep taking deep breaths, filling and emptying the lower lobes, confusing them with … Continue reading

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My Friends Are Amazing

There are some details I don’t think I’ll ever forget from the timeline of the year we lost Doug. Hospital stays and emergency room visits don’t fade. The whole year is like a milestone. Wonderful, special friends and family walked … Continue reading

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Looking Back

They say looking back isn’t a good thing. “You won’t be able to move forward if you’re looking backward.” A C.S. Lewis quote says, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” I believe those things, … Continue reading

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A Short, Inadequate Word

Like a master craftsman, carving excess out and beauty in, God works his thinking into our spirits. In my own life, mindset changes that he directed brought about healing that was the catalyst for a freedom in spirit, mind, and … Continue reading

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New Me, New Dreams

Things are starting to move in my spirit again, so I want to catch up with you before these new things start rolling and life gets ahead of me. I have had a couple (few?) months of internal struggle. Ever … Continue reading

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May I Have a Word, Please?

I thought that once I got through the year of “Firsts,” things wouldn’t be so hard-edged. I thought maybe the second birthdays and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day wouldn’t hurt as bad. Somehow, it all still feels new.

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Christmas Joy and Grief

I have experienced more emotional ups and downs this week than in a really long time. I wasn’t expecting it. I’ve heard that the holidays are hard, but I didn’t understand what that meant. Last year was our first Christmas … Continue reading

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The Opposite of Grief

What is the opposite of grief? Love is the opposite of fear. Peace and faith are the opposites of worry and anxiety. I think hope is the opposite of depression. When we practice love, peace, faith, and hope, they weave … Continue reading

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