Tag Archives: grief and loss

Happy Birthday Dad

Dear Dad, Happy Birthday Dad! It would be your 95th birthday today and I am thinking about your past life, and what it would possibly be today. If you wouldn’t have had to begin suffering strokes and then finally die … Continue reading

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My Dad…

My dad was a hard-working farmer who loved to talk to people. I can’t remember him ever telling me in words that he loved me. Hugging was also not really done in my family. My old-fashioned Dutch dad was very … Continue reading

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The Pretty Place

 The overgrown trail was dotted with purple, white and yellow in the spring. The whole area was called the “gullies.” Grabbing unto tree branches along the way, my senses filled  deeply with the grassy muddy smell. In the famous movie “Chronicles … Continue reading

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Her Hands On Those Keys

It’s a symbol of a life well lived. As I sit down I can imagine my mom sitting on the exact same bench. I lay my hands on the keys and close my eyes. It’s soothing to touch the same … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Isn’t Always Simple

Mother’s Day. A day when all the ladies are honored and everything is flowers and sunshine all around. Hold on. Let’s not forget the ones who have lost their moms. Motherless daughters. It could be that a woman has lost … Continue reading

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So We Pray

The healing can come when we open our heart and mind to the Holy Spirit. The inner pain that you didn’t even know about. Physical healing in this life. A daughter who took her own life. A best friend is … Continue reading

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Hallowed Ground

I volunteer for a Hospice in my area. As a hospice vigil volunteer, we go into the home or nursing facility during the night hours to relieve the family. They get much needed rest while their family member is imminently … Continue reading

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