It is incredibly healing to tell and hear stories about the ones we have loved. Don’t let your tears stop you from telling the stories. These stories are a way to remember and a way to share with the kids who their grandparents and aunts and uncles were. It reminds them of the legacy they...

Imagine you have badly broken your leg. Do you go to the doctor for a cast and crutches? Or do you try to walk in the pain alone to prove that you are stronger than any broken bone? Just because your broken heart is less visible than your broken leg does not mean your heart...

It is easy, in the midst of loss, to lose ourselves as well. We have lost someone we love. We have lost a piece of our past and a piece of our future. There is a cute meme on Facebook where Waldo of “Where’s Waldo” goes to therapy. As he sits with a therapist, the...

In my first visit, my grief counselor promised me that one day I would be able to re-invest/re-engage in life again. She also acknowledged that I was nowhere near ready to do that yet. She was so right on both counts. I was not ready. I was so wrapped up in my loss that I...

I can not give you a day or an hour, (I wish I could) but I promise you that real healing from your loss does come. It never comes as quickly as we would like, but it does come. Real healing is found in the moment when you realize your tears come from joyful memories...

In a Bible study at my church, the author asked us to consider the difference between resurrection and resuscitation. He claims our desire is more often for resuscitation than for resurrection. Resuscitation is a restoration of the life that was withal of the brokenness which still exists and all of the old wounds and the...

As we celebrate Independence Day, let us remember the sacrifice made by the men and women of the US military and their families at home. We can see some of the sacrifices military personnel make and are prepared to make. They are, without doubt, freedom’s heroes. We more rarely see or recognize the sacrifice of...

We are never fully prepared for the death of someone we love, but sometimes that loss comes with absolutely no warning at all. One day, one minute, everything is normal. The next moment the phone call comes or the knock on the door. Your entire life has changed in an instant. When the loss is...

Nearly two years ago, a burglar kicked in my front door and stole a bunch of personal stuff. It was bad enough that he took from me, but he also got some of the things my brother had left at the house. On top of that, he stole some things of Mom and Pop’s, things...

Please pardon the “Ghostbusters” reference. Got your attention though didn’t it? My father was the one responsible for all home maintenance stuff. For anything he could not do himself, he knew who to call. Four years ago, I came suddenly into responsibility for said household maintenance with no idea how to fix a garage door,...