Grief

“What is the best time to do things?”“Who is the most important one?”“What is the right thing to do?”Taken from my son's book titled, "The Three Questions” by Jon J. Muth, a young boy named Nikolai asks these three questions in an attempt to learn...

My heart aches today.A friend of mine, my neighbor, is about to lose her 50-year old husband to the result of a sudden, massive heart attack. Her sweet children, under the age of 14, are about to lose their best bud, their hero, their dad.In...

Tomorrow, I celebrate my four year old son's birth day. Two days later, I will attend the burial of my deceased brother in law.As I put together birth day gift bags for my son's classmates this evening , I reflected on how just an hour before,  I...

Sometimes you do not realize the heaviness of your own life. Stress, sorrow and grief can be fully present yet not in your focus or awareness.Last week, I experienced both joy and sorrow. On Sunday mornings, my family and I attend spiritual services at our...

This winter, I learned that my friend lost her baby at full term in utero. There are no words to describe the devastation felt by this couple or in my own heart as I bore witness to their grief. I turned to my writing to...

On a show called Story Corp of National Public Radio, a mother shared her life story of how her young adult son was shot and killed by another male. As her narrative unfolded, she spoke of her incredibly deep sorrow. She attended the court hearings...

My 4 year old son overheard my recent phone conversation with a friend. Her family's dog died. I was tearful, not only for her loss but for the stirred memory of putting my own dog down a few years ago. My son asked me about...

Last week, I walked into work on a particularly lovely day. The sky was an extraordinary blue; the air, warm without being oppressive. A slight breeze jostled the branches of the trees. From my car to the office, I marveled at this quiet beauty and...

My dear friend lost her father to cancer two weeks ago. Everyone who knew them appreciated their father-daughter relationship. Sweet, connected, intimate and loving. She now lives with a broken heart. When speaking to her the other day, she said, "I feel so lost.  Mark...

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