Originally posted at Still Standing Magazine On August 22nd at 2:00am I tucked three of my four youngest children in bed, watched my teenagers close their bedroom doors, and walked into an empty bedroom where a little boy should have been sound asleep, but his body was in a hospital morgue. I walked to my… Continue reading Still Standing After Two Years
As I flip the calendar each year to August, my stomach drops. Mattie died on August 21, 2014. School started the next week, though our lives did not carry on as normal. So for the past two years, the back to school swirl is a bit muddled for me. It is muddled with memories of… Continue reading Back to School and the Grieving Heart
I’ve begun writing for Crazy Good Grief as part of my partnership with Paula Stephens. This post was originally published on the CGG blog. I remember the day I clicked on the link to an article on grief that I saw in my Facebook feed. I was raw in grief, deep in the thick of… Continue reading The Goodness of Grief
He lashed out at me over something silly, a granola bar. He screamed and kicked and said really horrible things to me. His words took my breath away and I walked away for a minute to inhale. Moments later, I walked back in and sat down low, near but not too close. And I waited.… Continue reading Does She Miss Me?
A few weeks ago my friend Paula and I began a conversation about what it would like for us to partner together to continue the great healing work of “Crazy Good Grief.” Conversations led into brainstorming led into a collaboration of hearts. So here we are, and I’m not gonna lie, I have a few… Continue reading Inspired Healing: new steps for me
Dear Woman: Mother, Sister, Daughter, Friend, Today I saw you. As I played in the pool with my children and my grandchild, I saw you. I saw you in all of your beautiful shapes and sizes. I saw you with your curves and your cleavage, your scars and your cellulite, muscles toned and skin stretched… Continue reading Dear Woman, I saw you…
“Two steps forward,” I’ve been thinking about since my Skype date yesterday with my friend Paula Stephens. She shared with me that a mentor of hers reminded her that we are most effective in helping the people around us if we are only two steps ahead of them. Just two steps, that’s all it… Continue reading Two Steps Forward