Having a child changes you, Losing one does, too

By guest author Deedra Climer

Deedra Kliner StoryOn the drive to Memphis from Southeast Michigan to bury my twenty-three year old son, Joshua, I fished an envelope out of my glove box, found a pen on the floor and started writing. I was in a daze. Silent, except for the moments when the pain overtook me and the words, “My son,” escaped between convulsive sobs. For twelve hours, my family and I drove without speaking and I wrote like a fiend on the back of… Continue reading

What is Waiting For You on the Other Side of Grief?

What Waiting for you on the otherside of griefTen years ago my life was forever changed, death has a way of doing that.  My mother died after an extended illness and less than one month later my husband died following a tragic accident.  I’m sure as you read this you are wondering how you will survive the terrible heartache of your loss.

The loss of my mother was so heartbreaking I was not prepared to say goodby and I miss her everyday wishing for more time as there was so much more I wanted to share and learn from her.  My husband was my rock… Continue reading

Sharing Your Suffering Gives You Hope, Vision, and the Ability to Move Forward

By guest blogger Jackie Trottmann

Sharing your suffering to healThe loss of a loved one, a treasured job, friend, pet, home, relationship, or experiencing divorce, all lead to major suffering.

The ultimate deep wound is feeling or being alone. A great gap is left that can swallow up your heart, mind, and the ability to see any light.

Why Avoiding Pain is Not the Solution

We live in a culture that offers numerous prescriptions for pain. It can be in the form of pills. It can be in the form of denial. It can be in the form of destructive behavior to numb the… Continue reading

Grieving and Remembering Mom

Grieving and Remembering Mom

Favorite picture of myself and my Mom

Mother’s day can often be a bittersweet day.  If your mother has died you are grieving and remembering her just as I am today and if you yourself are a mother you are being celebrated by your children.  So mother’s day is a day to rejoice!

I have talked with hundreds of people over the years about their mother’s who have died and it doesn’t seem to matter how long their mom has been gone, they miss them as though it were yesterday.  My mom has been gone for ten… Continue reading

Planting a tree is an optimistic act

Planting a tree is an act of futurePlanting a tree is an optimistic act about the future. It is a true act of faith in the future.  Following the death of a loved one we need to hold on to our faith and know that the future will once again be bright.  The symbol of a tree is so representative of our rebirth of sorts and just like a tree we will once again growth and flourish.

I also love the idea of planting a tree in remembrance of a loved one.  It keeps the memory of our loved ones near every time we… Continue reading

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