HOPE and INSPIRATION

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Merry Christmas!

As I sit with my morning coffee and look outside on the blanket of glistening snow I recite all that I am grateful for this Christmas morning. At the same time I remembered all the Christmas mornings with my husband and Mom who are no longer here, but I choose to find and feel the joy in today. Soon all the family that will gather for a wonderful dinner and we celebrate that we are here, together in this moment in time. I think there is nothing better than sharing a meal with those you love.

This morning I received… Continue reading

Putting Sorrow in Perspective is Healing

I was thinking how healing it has been for me to do volunteer work because it puts my grief of loss in perspective. Particularly during the holiday season as I wrote about before, we regress back to the good times we had with someone who has died and in my case I miss my husband even more during this time because we I have such great memories of the Christmas’ we spent together.

So yesterday I volunteered at my favorite local charity providing work appropriate clothing to women getting back into the work place. Most of the women that… Continue reading

Live Today to the Fullest

One day a woman’s husband died,
and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom,
the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t ‘anymore’..

No more hugs,
no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat,
no more ‘just one minute.’
Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-bye, or say  ‘I love you.’
So while we have it, it’s best we love it, care for it, fix it when it’s broken… Continue reading

Regret…If Only I Had

Regret is one of those emotions you most likely will experience during grief.  You might have regrets over things you wish you would have said or done while you had the chance, you have that thought – “If only I had….”  this thought will probably persist until one day you come to terms with the fact you couldn’t have done anything differently.  The thoughts of regret are really harmful and you must know you can change the past, but you have the future filled with new possibilities and opportunities to tell anyone you choose how important they… Continue reading

Meaning of Life

This week I got to thinking about a deeper meaning to my life, which I do from time to time and I remembered a quote by the late George Carlin “Just when I found out the meaning of life, they changed it.”

I know this sounds like a really heavy and profound subject, but  if you’ve experience death, it makes you think about life.  You reflect on lives and loves that are lost and your place in the world and usually that means a world that offers you more meaning, a purpose to exist and get up… Continue reading

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