When Gratitude is Your Wrapping Paper

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When gratitude is your wrapping paper, everything is a gift.   If someone had told me ten years ago that I would ever be grateful for my tsunami divorce, I would have thought they were ignorant. Or cruel. Or, at the very least, utterly clueless and insensitive.   But, you what?   They would have … Continue reading When Gratitude is Your Wrapping Paper

The Pitch-Black Room

Heartbreak is a pitch-black room. At first, you're disoriented. Confused. How did the familiar world become replaced by this sarcophagus of grief? There are no windows. No doors. Only darkness. And you're all alone. You can hear life as usual just outside your walls, but you are separated from the activity. The air feels funny. … Continue reading The Pitch-Black Room

We’ll Get Through This Together

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There are many words that feel amazing to receive:   "I love you." "I'm proud of you." "You are amazing." "I appreciate you."   There are times those are the words we need to hear. They let us know that we're seen, accepted, valued and cared for. These words are the valuable currency of relationships … Continue reading We’ll Get Through This Together

How We Act When We’re Afraid of Losing Someone

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I remember that day vividly. My then-husband was in Brazil, supposedly on a work trip. I was at home and unable to reach him when he failed to return to Atlanta at the anticipated time. As the panic rose, I alternated between frantically looking for information on the internet (Was there a plane crash? A … Continue reading How We Act When We’re Afraid of Losing Someone

Ten Life Events That Can Trigger Unexpected Grief

On Friday we said goodbye to a dear friend of my husband's. The grief was thick in the air as we shared stories and perused old photos. (An aside - I think listening to the eulogy my husband delivered is the proudest I've ever been of him!) None of us were surprised by the heartache, … Continue reading Ten Life Events That Can Trigger Unexpected Grief