Grappling with Grief

Finding Inspiration in Life’s Devastations

by Amber Bradbury   One midsummer night on July 1, 2013, life as I knew it shattered. All it took was a knock on my door. Behind it stood two police officers sadly notifying me, the “next of kin,” that my mom was the victim of a fatal knife attack by her mentally deranged neighbor. […]

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All of My Love: Bianca Zimperi

by Bianca Zimperi   “Our lives will never be the same without our Lisa.” Those were the words written by my mom as she sat at our kitchen table in disbelief after ten shocking days in the ICU. She was struggling to understand how she found herself having to write an obituary for her beautiful […]

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Walk With Me: Jamie Stewart

by Jamie Stewart   It’s hard to believe one moment can change your life — that one moment can shatter your world. I was uneasy sitting in my chair, waiting to get called into the ultrasound room. I always got a little anxious prior to our appointments. The nervousness was definitely trumped by excitement, considering […]

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Do It For Nick: Lydia Alvidrez

by Lydia Alvidrez   This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. Nicholas (Nick) Ruiz, my only child; was 16-years-old when he took his own life. He was a junior in high school and a good student. He loved […]

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Eat, Sleep, Grieve, Repeat: Naomi Matthams

by Naomi Matthams   My name is Naomi, and I lost my mum to ovarian cancer in January 2014, five years after being diagnosed with the cruel disease. My mum was only 64 when she died and left behind my dad, brother, and me, as well as a wider family and lots of very good […]

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Grieving With Words: Isabelle Sharman

by Isabelle Sharman   In the summer of 2020, I met the love of my life. I didn’t know it at the time, but he was about to become my best friend, my safe place, and my guiding light. My perpetually single and independent self would have scoffed at those words a few years prior, […]

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Tomorrow Is Not Promised: Paula Griffith

by Paula Griffith   I miss seeing Chanell at the door, waiting for me to come home. She had the most magnetic smile and was the glue that held us together. She was very petite but had the heart of gold. Chanell was fearless and was willing to try anything. She wanted to play basketball; she […]

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All I Can Do Is Try: Katja Faber

by Katja Faber   When my eldest son was brutally killed in December 2014, the emotional pain was indescribable. I was overwhelmed and couldn’t take it in. There was no respite from the anguish, and each breath tore into me like a knife. There are gaps in my memory regarding those times. Perhaps the blackouts […]

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Grief and Resilience: Brooke Carlock

by Brooke Carlock   I’m not sure exactly when I became a resilient person. My mother described me as a whip-smart, confident and headstrong toddler. But something shifted in my elementary-school years. My parents dragged my four siblings and I through a particularly messy divorce that took years to finalize. My mother, scorned by my […]

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Going Boldly Into the Darkness

by Autumn Toelle-Jackson   I was blessed growing up; I had very little experience with grief. When I faced my first real grief experience as an adult, I didn’t even recognize it. After having a healthy child, my husband and I experienced one miscarriage and then another. I knew I was sad, but I didn’t […]

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