Creating Community

One of the questions I find myself asking myself as well as my clients, is, How does your grief journey call you to a greater purpose?  Or Where is your grief journey calling you? These questions have been crucial in my own unfolding and transformation along the course of my grief journey.  Dan and I [...]

Creating Community2022-02-10T14:53:07-05:00

Milestones and Holidays

Nothing can knock the wind out of our sails like the approach of a holiday or a milestone day. Even after over 21 years my daughter’s birthday can bring tears. Mother’s Day is bittersweet. The year-end holidays can bring sadness. All of these occasions also bring immense joy and celebration too. I didn’t come to [...]

Milestones and Holidays2022-01-12T14:47:58-05:00

Everyday Grief

One of the gifts of my grief journey was realizing that grief is a lifelong journey. That idea may have been peripheral before Leah died, yet as I navigated the months and years after she left us, I became much more aware of how grief affects our everyday lives. Before Leah died, I had experienced [...]

Everyday Grief2022-01-12T14:43:34-05:00

Blessing and Grace

Blessings and Grace became the mantra of my grief journey. I found that each time I was able to meet my feelings of grief in my heart I would receive blessings and grace, each and every single time. When this first happened, I was perplexed.  I didn’t think that I deserved to receive blessing and [...]

Blessing and Grace2022-01-12T14:24:43-05:00

Grief is Not Contagious

“What is the unseen force that keeps people from wanting to engage (their own) grief and avoid those who are grieving?” (From Chapter 10, The Alchemy of Grief: Your Journey to Wholeness) The answer to this question is what keeps me motivated to help others engage in their feelings of grief, and be with [...]

Grief is Not Contagious2022-01-08T15:28:53-05:00

Staying and Leaving

All my life I had been fearful of endings. Endings meant I would have to change the way I did things. Endings were uncomfortable. I did everything I could to hold on to things for as long as I could. And then Leah died, and I experienced an ending that I couldn’t undo. It was [...]

Staying and Leaving2022-01-02T14:46:07-05:00

Grief As initiation

Rereading this chapter was interesting. It took me right back into the feelings that I had as I was beginning to find my voice in the middle of my grief journey. For years before Leah died, I had been working thorough childhood wounds. Leah’s death created a sense of urgency that I hadn’t felt before. [...]

Grief As initiation2021-12-20T12:30:19-05:00

Opening Your Heart

At the time of Leah’s death, Samyama had been a part of my life for seven years. It wasn’t a practice that I turned to daily; it was there when I needed a little more assistance contacting to my feelings. I didn’t realize at the time that Samyama would be my lifeline as I began [...]

Opening Your Heart2021-12-11T17:05:38-05:00

A Lesson From My Granddaughter

Living close to my son and his family means I get to watch my granddaughter Arya’s growth and development. At a little over 1 year old, she is currently learning to walk.  I’ve watched her progress over the last several weeks, first pulling herself up with both hands and walking along from chair to chair, [...]

A Lesson From My Granddaughter2021-08-22T11:07:33-04:00

Full Spectrum of Feelings

I’m often asked how I can be joyful and live the life I am living when I’m doing it without my daughter’s presence in my life. I’m asked if I have gotten over her death, or if I’ve healed and accepted her death. I will never get over Leah’s death. I’ve had a 20-year [...]

Full Spectrum of Feelings2021-08-18T13:53:22-04:00

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