Six Books for Grief and Loss

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This year, I’ve read some life changing books for grief (or perhaps they should be called gentle counselors) so I wanted to highlight them for you as your friendly, girl-next-door book nerd, who didn’t even have the capacity to google search grief during those hard days. I love books. Books not only entertain, but they often teach me how to handle life, whether the hero is befriending a mythical beast or blowing the whistle at a culturally-accepted injustice (because aren’t...
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Abide With Me: A Pause for Grief

As some of you may have noticed, I tend to post on Mondays and Thursdays around noon. Well, today, I’m spending time considering eternity and death. I just don’t want to write. Just think. Remember. Pray. There are a few wonderful people who have left this life too early. And some who have left just on time. But, they are still so missed by the loved ones left here. If you are grieving a loss today (whether a new one...
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Coming Back to Thankfulness

There’s an ice pack on my shoulder that I’ll soon switch out for a hot water bottle. That jump-twist-roll ended with a hard crunch on my right shoulder. I guess I’m not as invincible, nimble, or strong as I imagined.  Meanwhile, social media buzzes around the attacks on Paris and Beirut…on top of the crisis of the Syrian refugees. I guess they weren’t as invincible, nimble, or strong as they thought either. Of course, there is no true comparison between my...
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When Life is Interrupted by Struggle

Have you ever been smacked out of life’s ring, which you were dominating, by a shocking swing that you never saw coming? Suddenly sidelined? A hold that threatens to choke you out? Your good life interrupted by a jolting tragedy or glaring loss. On the outside, it might just mean eating more food, sweet or salty, watching more television, going to bed earlier, staying in bed later, working out harder, and just going without stopping. Forever building your to-do list...
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A Tribute to Grandmother Betty

Grandma, when I first think of you, I think of everything soft, sweet, and lovely. I think of summer days waiting for your motor home to turn the corner of our dead end street. I think of sitting outside with makeshift easels in our front yard as you taught my siblings and me. I think of how your skin is the softest, and your fingers the gentlest when you stroked my hair or held my hand. And yet, the softness...
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