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… 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

Ways to Memorialize a Loved One

memoralizing out love onesThere are as many ways to memorialize our loved ones after they die.  There are religious practices, family traditions and individual preferences.  There is never a right and wrong and we either honor the wishes, sometimes they are set-up prior to a loved ones death or we make a decision based on what we think is best.

I encourage people to follow their heart and that comes from that deep place of knowing what is meaningful to that loved one who has died as well as what is meaningful for the living.  Ceremony is most often for… Continue reading

15 Valuable Lessons That Heartbreak Will Teach You

By Kristen Brown

life lessons are blessingsFinding the silver lining. Turning lemons into lemonade. The rainbow after the storm.

You know them – all the sayings people tell us that are supposed to make us feel better when we face tough times. But here’s the thing, finding a silver lining is darn near impossible when we are so stuck in our emotions and negativity that we can’t see it. The key to getting through pain is to clear away the cobwebs so we can see the potential for future joy in the first place.

When I was widowed unexpectedly at age… Continue reading

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