Celebrating love

There is no stopping February 14th from rearing its ugly head. When you are grieving it can be difficult to think about anything, much less love.  So, even thinking for a moment about a day solely dedicated to love can be nauseating. But, what if we shifted how we view grief, just for the day?  […]

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New Year. New Grief?

2023 here we come! New Years Resolutions will soon fill your social media feeds. Your friends conversations.  New Year! New You!  Pressure to be thinner.  Smarter.  Eat better.  Read more.  Complain less.  You will be encouraged to leave 2022 behind.  Those of you living in heavy grief don’t get to leave what happened in 2022 […]

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Holiday Grief

It can be difficult enough to just survive the holiday season, but add in a little or a whole lot of grief and our hearts can easily become two sizes too small. Grieving during the holiday season can be extremely isolating. In all seriousness, getting through our first holiday season, or any holiday season without […]

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Conflicting Emotions

How are you feeling today?  This can be such a loaded question for those of us who are grieving. One day we can often barely answer that question without breaking down, but the next day could be good, we may even experience happiness and joy. Then, we start to feel guilty for feeling good. This […]

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emotions get a name

When we have hard conversations during grief we often get asked, “How are you?” There can be such a struggle when we are trying to answer that question. We feel guilty for putting our grief on others so we will just answer with a simple, “fine” and then continue on with our day.  How different […]

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Hopes and Dreams

Do you ever sit back and wonder what life would be like if your person was still here? Do you sit in a shared space with others and wonder what you would be talking about if they were still here? Do you ever pick up the phone to call or text them and have the […]

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Meaningful Mourning

There was a time in our country’s history that we could easily identify someone in mourning. If you watch an older movie you often see them wearing black clothes to show everyone they are in mourning, allowing the community to empathize with them and surround them with support.  Unfortunately for us, that has changed. We […]

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Grounded in Grief

Can you look back on your grief journey and find a moment where you just felt completely frozen? Maybe you just wanted to just run away from it all? How about a fit of rage or a time when you could not stand up for yourself? These are all examples of our brain trying to […]

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Support systems

Support: verb, to bear all or part of the weight, to hold up.  Grief begs for us to isolate ourselves, we experience such deep sorrow and longing after losing someone we care about so deeply. We can try to fill the space they consumed with unhealthy habits. Some days, it may feel like we will […]

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Self-care During Grief

Life is seasonal, it ebbs and flows without consent from us, leaving us grasping for control over anything we can. Those of you reading this are in the midst of a huge change, please give it the time and space it begs for. If we don’t allow grief its space it will take it from […]

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