Grappling with Grief

Losing Joe and Finding My Way Through Grief

by Elaine Suarez   Grief. I once read an article that described how grief impacts life after losing a loved one. It said, “Grief is love with nowhere to go.” Initially, I didn’t get what it meant. I questioned why grief is connected to love when love is beauty and grief is suffering. I didn’t […]

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The Greatest Gift: Laura Becraft

by Laura Becraft   Almost nine years later and there are times when I tell myself that I have this grief thing mastered. I have accepted all the lessons that have come with my husband’s untimely passing at forty-three. Maybe I’ve made it to the other side. But as I stand in the middle of […]

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Understanding Ambiguous Grief: David Grant

by David Grant   To be human is to grieve. As shared members of the human family, we all experience great joy – but to be human means that we live with the flip side of the coin. We all experience grief. My first real experience with grief came to me after the sudden loss […]

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Learning to Dance with the Limp

by Julia K. Morin   “You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. […]

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Grief Reminds Us, Love Never Dies

by Karla J. Noland   It’s been two years since my mother passed away unexpectedly from Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) melanoma. However, as I write this, my mind and body can seamlessly transport me back to the emotions of that day. I can retell and see the images as if I am rewinding back […]

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I Have Been Irrevocably Changed

by Jessica Trobaugh   I have been irrevocably changed. In a time where all can comprehend the literal screeching halt of the earth beneath our feet, I am but one of many. Grief has become a part of societal DNA. Weaving its way under swings and through leaves. It’s on our tv, magazine, and the […]

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Writing Our Own Grief Stories

by Janet Gwilliam-Wright   My mom died the day I graduated from high school. The week before, in June 1995, my mom, who had been dying from liver cancer, was rushed to palliative care in an ambulance. She was so weak when she went into the hospital the paramedics had to carry her out of […]

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Grief Through the Matrix of Yoga

by Emma Conally-Barklem   Bereavement is a messy business. It chews us up, hollows us out and folds us in two. For me, the death of my mum and best friend continues to be the most painful experience of my life. My mum was vivacious, funny, sensitive, temperamental and kind. Her energy would wear me […]

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The Unraveling of Grief & Loss: Mekel Harris

by Mekel Harris   Grief has a way of unraveling you. Thread by thread. Painful moment by painful moment. December 2012 thrust me into uncharted territory — the dark and messy wilderness of grief. On the ninth day of the month, my spunky and outspoken mother died after receiving a diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic […]

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Grief and Joy Can Co-Exist

by Katrina Preisler-Weller   For a long time, I believed that to live was to forget. 12 years on, I now know that couldn’t be further from the truth. During our childhood and adolescents, we are taught many things: algebra, the science of gravity and even how to put a condom on a banana… yet […]

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