How Do I Survive the Holidays? Living Life After Child Loss

Some people wonder why I spend my time focusing on helping grieving moms. The short and simple answer is this:  I was born to a grieving mom    I would imagine my mother didn’t realize that she was a grieving mother because she felt the need to bury her grief after my brother died. That… Read More

How Do I Go On Living?

“How do I go on living?’ is the most frequently asked question I get when I am talking with a bereaved parent. When a parent experiences the death of a child,  life stops in that moment and the all-consuming thought is: “I cannot bear to live without my child”.  I have heard so many parents tell… Read More

Understanding Hospice Care and What’s Happening with Your Loved One

Recently, I have been receiving some requests for people to be guest bloggers on my blog site. Lucille Rosetti sent me this article and it hit home because my first introduction to hospice was 29 years ago when I had my dad in home hospice for a few weeks while he was dying from end-stage… Read More

‘Tis the Season…

Creating lasting change requires preparation, including knowing when the best timing of  to step into action would be. Taking our cue from nature can help us determine when we will most likely succeed in our plan for change. Read More

A Christmas Letter

  I started to write this post on the eve of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and now we are just a day before the celebration of Christmas. A time of reflection and a time of renewal as we look forward to the beginning of a New Year. I have been contemplating writing… Read More

Another Grief Camp

Another camp. Another group of families who are sharing the rawness of their grief with total strangers. Friday evening always tenuous. Will they show up? Will they stay? Will they engage, or will they walk away? Saturday brings tentativeness, as we gather in our first large circle – the names are spoken out loud and… Read More

Exploring for the Deeper Meanings

This past week ended up to be an eventful one for our family. My mother who is ninety-two years old had not been feeling well for the past couple of weeks. We noticed that she was gaining weight in her abdominal area and she was napping a lot more than usual. I took her to see… Read More

Living With Hope

This morning’s energy around our home was feeling totally crazy with our little Hope-puppy, who was flying from room to room, grabbing whatever she could with her mouth. She was ready to play hard and fast,  and it was absolute chaos because she was not listening, in total puppy ADHD mode. I have to admit, I lost… Read More

Grieving with Grace and Letting Hope in

It has been five weeks since my last post, which is unusual for me. I try to keep up with my posts every two to three weeks, but the days of the weeks, and the dates on the calendar, have been a bit of a blur this past month. Tomorrow it will be one month… Read More

From Death & Dying to Living a Life With Grace

As I mentioned in my previous blog post about a month ago, I shared that our pup Gracee, was diagnosed with metastatic cancer throughout her lymph nodes. The prognosis was poor from the beginning, when the veterinarian at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Clinic called me to tell me the biopsy results… approximately four weeks… Read More