Facing Forward and Accepting What Is

Guest Blogger: Melissa Miles McCarter One of the consequences of having infertility and loss is my romanticizing motherhood. In 2003, my daughter died of SIDS; I had an ectopic pregnancy in 2004 and have struggled with secondary infertility ever since. The most joy I have had in life was during the month my daughter was alive.…

Moving Forward after the Death of a Loved One

Guest Blogger: Lyndsi Decker Although the prospect that you can lose a loved one in the near future is probably in the back of your mind, it is something you must brace yourself for now. Smiles, optimism, and laughter It will help to spend much of your time smiling a little and being optimistic – spending…

Farewell, But Never Goodbye

(A Poem by Craig Kyzar in Memory of Hudson)   The last jagged fragments trickle over stuttering lips. I have nothing left to cry. So bravely you fought, through a world filled with pain. Accepting peace with more grace than ever. A warm pool of shards. So many fond memories. I smile at their brilliant…

Dealing with Grief, Years after a Loved One Passes Away

Guest Blogger: Chi Seven years ago, my grandfather passed away in his sleep. Despite having trouble with his heart in the years preceding his death, the end was still unexpected. The retirement center, where he lived, was cognizant of his condition, thanks to his  medical alert system. The blessing was that he didn’t suffer; he…

The Power of Language: Grief as a Relationship

Guest Blogger: Leslee Tessmann Because we are human beings who have language, we actually have a relationship to everything and everyone. Our words give us our experience of the people, places and things around us because they form our opinions, thoughts and assessments. Those thoughts and assessments create the reference point from which we relate…

Grief's Many Faces and Many Gifts

by Leslee Tessmann Losses come in all shapes and sizes and whether we realize it or not, grief can be a frequent visitor to our lives. Job and career changes, becoming new parents, geographic moves, financial losses, divorce, and of course, dealing with the death or life-threatening illness of loved ones. It’s a challenge to…