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how to embrace vulnerability in grief

One of the gifts you can find in this grief journey is hidden inside vulnerability. When you allow yourself to open up to others—to let them see the real you–pain and all—you can form deeper bonds. Those people you share yourself with will in turn share themselves with you, and you can create deeper, more meaningful relationships. I had lunch with a friend recently who got choked up over some personal issues she was having. She kept apologizing for her tears as she looked around us anxiously, hoping that nobody noticed. I encouraged her to cry it out. Who cares […]

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Grief Coping Strategy: Start a Journal

Keeping a journal has been one of the most powerful things I’ve done for myself since my husband died. My journal allows me to empty out the thoughts that dance around in my head. If you were to read it, you’d think it was written by a deranged person! Its pages are filled with rants about the pain, agony over the loss, and the struggles that go along with it all. But when I write in my journal, I feel calmer. I sleep better. I’m not afraid I’ll forget a memory or a thought because I’ve committed it to paper. […]

865-525-1106 How I Made the Choice to Push Through Grief and Move Forward

How I Made the Choice to Push Through Grief and Move Forward

My journey as a widow derailed me for the first six months and plunged me into a depression unlike anything I have ever known. I’ve spent my entire life viewing the glass as half full, but somehow lost that perspective while swimming in the depths of grief. (And the irony that I never fully understood my husband’s depression until after he was gone was a tough pill to swallow.) By the seven month mark, I was sick of myself. Sick of crying. Sick of wasting time. Sick of watching the world go by without me. That’s when I realize I […]

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Reflections on the first year of widowhood

October 31st marked one year since our lives were forever changed with the passing of my husband, Chris. I decided early on to be honest about what happened because I don’t know any other way to be. I have always wanted to show up in the world with authenticity, though it’s tricky now because as much as I want to be real, I also don’t want to spread sadness around. If you ask me one-on-one how I’m doing, you’ll get an honest answer. Some days are better than others, and if you ask me on the wrong day, you’ll probably […]