Happy Birthday, Grief

Happy Birthday, Grief Grief is trying to sneak up on me again, but I’m ready for her. In less than a week, October will be over. October is the birthday month for me and both of my parents, who were born on the same day, two years apart. Destiny, I guess. I find...

A surprising benefit of grief

A surprising benefit of grief This weekend, I built another bridge between life and death. Between loneliness and memories. Between grief and joy. I did it by stripping a 150-year-old dresser. Which is exactly what my mother would have done, except she would have...

When Grief keeps coming back

I have an old friend who keeps coming back. Her name is Grief. She’s been traveling a bit lately, and I haven’t missed her. But last night, while she was visiting someone else, she touched base with me again. The three of us had an unintentional...

Handling joy and grief at the holidays

Christmas is memories. I almost lost it today trying to choose a picture of my mom and me together, so I could make a new Christmas ornament. I found the last “good” picture of us together, from April of this year, about 3 months before she died. All the...

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