Casualty’s Creative Side

By: Cara Barth  “Creativity is the Essential Response to Grief.” ~ Clinical psychologist Henry Seiden, Ph.D During the Summer months, I like to catch-up on books I’ve wanted to read, develop some of my business activities and classes, as well as spend some time in more “creative” activities such as gardening...

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If You’re Losing Your Mom To Dementia…

By: Christine Fishel If you are losing your mother to the horror of dementia, let me recommend a book I just read: Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Copyright 2016 When I am suffering through something difficult, I find solace...

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When Our Stories Connect Us

By: Julie Thompson We began the weekend as strangers, but left as friends and sisters in Christ. From the outside looking in, it wouldn’t appear that we have much in common. Some of us are young adults. Others are grandmothers. Some of us are single. Others are married. Some of us do not have...

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Respite

By: Heather Wolper When my mom was sick, dear friends offered our family an escape from the harsh reality of cancer by the sandy shore of the ocean.  We forgot about treatments and timelines and how many days might be left. We watched the sun rise and fall and dipped...

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I’m Taking Off My Crown

By: Mary Ellen Collins I’m taking off my crown. For almost 50 years, I have lived under a curse. “We don’t like you.” “You are not a part of our family.” “Stay away.” “You are not welcome.” I have even had birthday cards returned to me. These words have pierced...

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Seeing in Black and White

By: Danielle Ilacqua (Guest Blogger) Feeling like I have the scarlet letter “G” on my chest, I push forward in this thing we call life, just short a couple days of the three-month mark of my mom’s passing. It’s uncanny how grief works and everything seems to be magnified yet simplified....

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Mind Over Matter

By: Cara Barth “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ~ Mark Twain As a child, I absolutely loved sitting in the room during family parties and listening to the “older folks” chat about the past. I would find myself becoming almost entranced...

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Wholly Undone

By: Christine Fishel I’ve been reading Ann Voskamp’s The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into The Abundant Life. I feel like I know her, like she’s a kindred spirit, this mother-daughter-wife I’ve never met. She’s a lover of Jesus. And, based on her writing, she strives to stop striving and to...

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God Sees Your Tears

By: Danielle Ilacqua (Guest Blogger) As Mother’s Day approaches and I see hundreds of commercials for flowers or cards, I just shrink back into a hole and wish for the passage of time quickly. The first year, which is the firsts of everything without your mom, is the toughest. That’s what “they”...

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Will the Pain Ever Go Away?

By: Mary Ellen Collins Recently I was asked by a new motherless daughter, “Will the pain ever go away?” That is such a very hard question to answer. It all just depends on so many factors. Each woman’s loss is unique. This woman was raised in a single parent home...

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