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Grieving with Hope

“Just how does someone grieve who does not have hope?” someone recently asked me.  So, I asked myself the next question, “What is hope?”  Is it wishful thinking, or absolute confidence?  Is it neither?  Could hope be just a fancy of our imaginations? Or the anticipation of the unknown, but longed for?  Awe, hope is tied into desire. . . . desiring something or someone we don’t currently have. In what or whom do we place our desire for the future as we begin to navigate our grieving hearts through the troubled… Read more Grieving with Hope

Running towards the Hurting

The choice to comfort others ~ Blessed are the merciful ~ “Bless the ones who care for the aging and the dying, for those making the way a bit smoother for the families left behind. Bless the ones who hold the hands of the poor and broken and you and me. Bless the ones running right towards the hurting, instead of running away like the rest of us.” In which I bless the merciful

When Children Grieve

An open letter to a child My Dear Young Friend, I am so very sorry someone you loved has died.  This is a really hard time for you and your family.  Adults call the time after someone dies, grief.  I think we can also call it “living with a broken heart.” I was thinking about what happens when a favorite toy or book gets broken.  You might try to fix it yourself, or take it to your mom or dad and ask them to help you fix it.  They will… Read more When Children Grieve

Why trust God with your broken heart?

Skeptical about relief from the pain? Yesterday I told my granddaughter about three little girls whose Daddy had died recently.  This morning Maddie had more questions about the little girls. So we talked about how God brings healing to our broken hearts after someone we love dies.  She looked at me with an expression of disbelief.  I wondered if many of us share the same incredulous skepticisms that God could possibly bring us any relief in our pain.  Fortunately, my granddaughter has a very caring and attentive Daddy.  Just that… Read more Why trust God with your broken heart?

Begin the Journey

A fellow griever is here for you  How I wish you never needed to read this page!  How I long for all pain to evaporate as if dissipated by the warmth of the sun.  It would be so much more pleasant to interact about something benign like the weather or a piece of inspiring art or share a sunset.  But for now, we are here in this same space and place sharing each other’s grief. Mourning is difficult work.  We need nourishment along the way to keep facing the pain… Read more Begin the Journey