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

Connections and Touch

“One day every that Leah touched will be gone.” This thought haunted me in the early part of my grief journey. It felt like if I no longer had anything that Leah touched that our connection would be gone. I knew that this was not true. For example, I have her key ring with me keys. [...]

Connections and Touch2022-01-12T14:37:16-05:00

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

Grieving Uniquely

This chapter foreshadows the birth of my work with clients. As I read about my experience of early grief, I get a sense of going through that time with blinders on. From where I am today, I can see a bigger picture. Back then I felt lost in a maze, not knowing which way to [...]

Grieving Uniquely2021-12-03T11:57:17-05:00

Radical Grief

This was a hard chapter to read, and as I recall it was a hard one to write. It tells the story of my relationship with Leah and some of the struggles we had as she was growing up. I remember when I was writing it that I wanted to be true to the [...]

Radical Grief2021-11-29T14:04:11-05:00

Family Vacations

Recently we took a family vacation with our son and his family. We went to northern MN, to the boundary waters. The lake we were at was at the Canadian border. As a matter of fact, the border was in the middle of the lake. Here are some photos of our trip. I think they [...]

Family Vacations2021-08-22T11:46:36-04:00

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