Grief
Grief – We Need To Talk About It
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Little Chats From The Heart – Grief.  It is everywhere and we need to talk about it. It has shown up without warning.  Uninvited. Casting a dark and unwelcome shadow that has quickly spread across the globe.  Leaving us feeling vulnerable and exposed to an invisible enemy that is difficult to see but impossible to ignore. It feels personal and like most grief – it is.  There is no way to avoid it or to hide from it.  Not this time.  … Read More

Kindness
Kindness – The Gift of Giving One Step At A Time
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I am not a morning person but today I woke up at 4:45 AM excited to go out and make a small difference in the world.  It was still dark as I pulled out of the driveway and drove to St. Paul.  To volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission with my family. And what a gift it was.  For us.  To serve others in need. We had talked about volunteering during Thanksgiving week many times but sadly there always seemed … Read More

Health
Health Is A Gift – Don’t Take It For Granted. Ever.
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“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Mahatma Gandhi Yesterday was a challenging day and if I am honest, I had a complete meltdown in the shower. There is a lot going on. My youngest left for college last week. Work is super busy. And – my health has decided to say f#@K you at a time that is just not convenient. Then again when are health issues ever convenient. I’m not here … Read More

Always
I Have Been Here Before – But Saying Goodbye To My Child Is A Really Hard Thing To Do
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Loss and grief can sometimes rise out of changes in life that are, for the most part, good things that we experience in this world. It doesn’t always have to erupt out of something bad. As I ponder my youngest daughter leaving for college tomorrow my heart is filled with mixed emotions and from one moment to the next – I feel so freaking vulnerable and tears are hovering close by.  I am struggling to accept that it is here. … Read More

Grief Is Everywhere
Grief Is All Around You – Be There For One Another Every Day
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My husband and I attended a reception at a country club this week.  It was a nice gathering and of course it was great to see a few friends. I sipped on a glass of wine, visited with a few people and due to a prior commitment left before Neal and far too soon.  The weather was beautiful and as I walked towards my car, I noticed a gentleman standing by an old red pick-up truck holding a blue vase … Read More

Fourth of July
Loss And The Holidays – How To Manage Grief When That Holiday Comes Around
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Summer is here.  It is hard to believe that June is over and regardless of cooler temperatures, Fourth of July has arrived. I grew up loving the Fourth of July and in truth, it was one of my favorite times of year.  Our family would go camping in Northern Wisconsin and eventually we went to a family cabin every year.  The tradition continued with my own kids.  Lazy summer days, the heat of July, boating, bonfires, s’mores and magical firework … Read More