Grappling with Grief

Pocketful of Grief: Kelsey and Sierra

by Kelsey and Sierra   Our friendship began during our senior year of high school during church summer camp. Soon after, we became inseparable. During camp, I (Sierra) shared with Kelsey about losing my mom a few years prior. I explained my struggle with grief and how isolating it can feel. As our week ended, […]

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Just Beyond: Tressa Bellows

by Tressa Bellows   For most of my adult life, when asked about myself, I have started off with “I am a mom, of three beautiful daughters.” Our family of five, plus one dog, one cat and countless hamsters and beta fish, was remarkable in its beautifully simple normalcy–sleepovers, soccer games, pets, little family traditions […]

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Building A New Life With Words

by Suzanne Elvidge   My husband Tim died suddenly in February 2018. We’d had a glorious night out with friends the night before, and gossiped and snuggled as we fell asleep. Tim was restless, but that wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. And then my world fell apart in the early hours of the morning […]

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Positivity After Complicated Grief

by Trevor Bygate   So, I would like to start by introducing myself, my name is Trevor I’m currently working for HMRC and an Army Veteran. During my Army career and life, I’ve faced many challenges, be that during my Army service or my own private life. I’ve always been strong-willed and positive and someone […]

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Unapologetic Grief: A Mother’s Eternal Love

by Domenique Rice   I once had the perception that grief was linear. I once thought grief was confined to a specific timeframe, and that it had a specific element of tidiness to it. Grief couldn’t last more than a year, right? I assumed if someone talked about grief, they must be “stuck in grief” […]

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Hope for the Hopeless: Jamie Blanco

by Jamie Blanco   I don’t like the word closure. It implies that some terrible experience or loss has been neatly addressed, packaged up and shipped out of your mind so that you can now function “normally” without excuse for emotional relapse. It assumes it’s a place at which you need to arrive, or else […]

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Courageous Grief and the Quest for Truth

by Cathy Jane Jensen   This is our story, my son Aaron’s and mine and our family’s, of “grappling with grief” but it is also your story. Or at least it could be. For thirty-some years before Aaron dropped his beautiful body, my primary interest had been the evolution of consciousness. I had studied the […]

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Share Your Why: Bonnie Kelly

by Bonnie Kelly   To put it simply, my dad died in 2004. I was 14. A tween who didn’t know who she was, let alone what the heck had just happened to her young family unit. From what I remember, my 14-year-old brain had it something like this: Dad started drinking Vitamin Water because […]

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Keep Memories Alive While Normalizing Grief

by Alexa Hill   On February 11, 2019, my life was at its best. I was married to the most amazing man, we had just bought our first home, I had started a wonderful new job and (most importantly) I had a beautiful son who was celebrating his third birthday. At the end of the […]

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Death and Its Terrible, Beautiful Lessons

by Becky Aud-Jennison   You know that thing that happens when you’ve been thinking about something and then you start seeing it all over the place? People who get pregnant suddenly see pregnant people everywhere. The car model you just bought seems to suddenly be taking over the world. Those creepy Google ads that come […]

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