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

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

Death & Dying with Grace(e)

The week before Christmas, our younger dog, Gracee (the white and brown one above), had an upset stomach a couple of times. For those of you who are dog owners, it is not unusual for a dog to get an upset stomach once in awhile, so we did not think too much of it. Then… Read More

Healing Ourselves Through Others

August has been a month of some incredible opportunities for me to witness the power of healing sad hearts and physical issues, by being in the company of other people who were willing to hold the space of love and comfort for others. Earlier this month, I went to Montana with a girlfriend to meet up with… Read More

Not Knowing What to Say Speaks Volumes…

For Audio Version: http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/wlD0tmxs As many of you know, I am in the process of writing my first book… a book about grieving the death of a child. As a child born into a grieving family, this is a very personal story yet a story that is shared by many… Last evening, a dear friend of… Read More

Re-shining my Sparkling Spirit…

As I was leaving work late Friday evening, I walked past a cubicle that had a calendar with the saying on it “Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle” and I literally stopped to take a picture because the words packed a punch that hit me square upside my head.  After a long and trying day at… Read More

Courageous Camping

On Saturday morning I woke up after a restless night of sleeping… I guess that phrase is a bit of an oxymoron… restless… sleeping… hmm… I had a tough night sleeping Friday night because the mattress of my bed was hard and the water pipes did a little clanking routine every twenty minutes or so.… Read More

Grieving Greg…

Greg I had a brother I never met… but I have known him since I was a child… I have always had a strong sense of curiosity and as a child I loved to sit on the floor in the attic, looking at my parent’s photo albums.  One day I came across a manila envelope… Read More