Dear Grief

Dear Grief

  Dear Grief,I am writing to recount your recent stay.On November 1st, 2016 you arrived at my door. You had come for brief visits on other occasions, but this time you stood with suitcase in hand. You had moved into the homes of many great souls that year: David...

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Dearest Tess

Dearest Tess

    Dearest Tess,  Remember writing this in your diary a few months before you left?  Do you ever wonder when you look at the sky at night that there is a planet out there just like ours? And you are just like you. And you are actually looking back at...

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The Yew

The Yew

I often think that people should be like trees -   if you could find a way to cut inside, you could see rings, showing what the person had weathered - the seasons, the losses, the gains. If I looked in my rings, what story would they tell? There I am at 16,...

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Mothers, Love, and Grief

Mothers, Love, and Grief

May is a time of celebrating mothers, and for many of us who have lost our moms, it can bring our grief bubbling to the surface. My aging mother is still alive, but in poor health.

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Grieving My Living Mother

Grieving My Living Mother

When I discovered I was pregnant, I was thirty one and a publishing executive and I was at least seven years into being banished from my mother’s life, a cycle that started when I was a toddler. When I didn’t meet my mother’s expectations she stopped talking to me,...

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Riding the Waves with my Mother

Riding the Waves with my Mother

She was there for many of my firsts - first breath, first smile, first tooth. In the harbor where we lived at the end of a canal right next door to the volunteer fire department that was my father’s second home, she taught me how to swim, promising me a boat all of my...

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My Mother, Dancing in the Stardust

My Mother, Dancing in the Stardust

When I was six months old, my mother thought my tear ducts were clogged. She took me to the doctor to see why I never cried. She was assured that my tear ducts worked fine. I just had no reason to cry.  I was loved. I have felt her love my whole life and continue to...

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Angel Messenger by Cora Poage

Angel Messenger by Cora Poage

  I had the pleasure of meeting Cora Poage, a talented Life Coach and writer, when I was visiting Kauai.  We started talking about grief and signs, when Cora told me she wanted to share a story about one of her clients and a song that Cora kept hearing throughout...

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Music, Grief and the Universe

Music, Grief and the Universe

When a loved one leaves us, there are always songs that will transport us back to a loving moment. Songs we shared with loved ones who have passed are ways we stay connected to them.

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Holidays and Grief

Holidays and Grief

I felt as if I would never be able to get through the holiday season. Eventually I was able to feel the joy and sparkle again, but it took time.

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Related By Love

Related By Love

Who’s to say what the definition of family is? Here’s what I think: we have a family we’re born into – but we also have a family we create.

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Exploring Shamanism: Ceremonial Cacao

Exploring Shamanism: Ceremonial Cacao

I am a healer - a psychotherapist specializing in trauma, grief, and loss. My clinical training is steeped in Western traditions of healing. I am also a seeker. I study Eastern philosophy and energy healing, exploring shamanic practices and ceremonies, exposing myself...

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The Skill That Saved Me

The Skill That Saved Me

It started with the love of books. The anticipation each week of going to the library, knowing I’d be allowed to check out four new books. It’s how I survived…

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It Has Been Said There Isn’t A Bottom

It Has Been Said There Isn’t A Bottom

  When I was 10 years old I opened the front door to my home and, in an instant, my whole world fell apart. In Laura Lentz's online writing group, her prompts drawn from mythology stirred my imagination and led me to write the story of what happened in a...

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