You Are Not Alone

The H.O.P.E. (How Our Peace Endures) Campaign

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 in All Blogs, Helping Another, You Are Not Alone | 2 comments

Battle of a Lifetime I have felt so inadequate in my ability to “do something” while my brother (affectionately called H) fights cancer and recovers from his brain surgery. He suffers from the same disease that took our father’s life in 2008. I couldn’t “fix” it for my dad and I can’t “fix” this for my brother; he’s in God’s adequate hands. However, I did realize that I could offer hope to H each day to help him fight a battle I know he can win! He’s a warrior; an inspiration of hope himself, but even the greatest warrior needs a strong army supporting him. My...

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Helping Other Grievers In Their Immediate Time of Need

Posted on May 22, 2013 in All Blogs, Death is Not the Only Cause of Grief, Helping Another, You Are Not Alone | 0 comments

Devastating Events Once again, we see the shocking and disturbing images through the media of an event that has ripped peoples’ homes and lives apart. We hear the stories from the victims and their families and our hearts break as we see their pain and shock of such overwhelming grief and loss. I try to imagine what they must feel but my mind won’t allow it. It’s impossible for me to understand the magnitude of their grief. I’m talking about the Oklahoma/Texas tornadoes, the bombings in Boston, recent school shootings, wildfires, earthquakes and so much more. Our hearts hurt for those...

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Take Control When Overwhelmed

Posted on May 1, 2012 in All Blogs, Death is Not the Only Cause of Grief, Moving Forward, Overcoming Grief, You Are Not Alone | 0 comments

Little Things Add Up Overwhelmed. That’s a powerful word and a terrible place to be. It means to overpower or overcome; then again if you are currently overwhelmed, you know exactly what it means. When overpowered by situations and/or people, you feel oppressed and lose your sense of control. Major issues, trauma, and the death of a loved one can leave us feeling overwhelmed; but what about the heaps of everyday trials, disappointments and pains that compound into oppression? Sometimes the smaller things in life can pile up and eventually begin to suffocate the life force from our exhausted...

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“What-ifs” and Regrets Can Cause You Grief

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 in All Blogs, Death is Not the Only Cause of Grief, Moving Forward, You Are Not Alone | 0 comments

Mistakes are Made Have you ever said “what-if”…? Of course you have, we all have. Sometimes our minds drift to the unknown territory of the “what-ifs”, “could haves”, “should haves”, and “might-have-beens”. However, sometimes the constant pain of our regrets and continually second-guessing ourselves can engulf us causing our thoughts to be overwhelmed with confusion and sadness. These feelings can only worsen a grief stricken situation. Do you have any regrets concerning your loss? Do you find yourself asking relentlessly about the “what-ifs”? Does your mind repeat...

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Prayer During Grief (or Anytime)

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 in All Blogs, Moving Forward, Overcoming Grief, You Are Not Alone | 1 comment

Guidance and Support I am not religious. However, I am spiritual and I am a Christ follower. I look to God for supernatural strength when my own is inadequate. I talk to God a lot on any given day about an array of subjects and I talk to Him even more on bad days. Prayer during my grief was essential to me. Prayer is just time spent talking to God. Whenever you pray, you can discuss whatever you wish with Him. Sometimes I praise Him and thank Him for all my blessings. Sometimes I seek answers or guidance. Sometimes I whine and complain. Sometimes I’m angry and confused about the things...

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Be Open and Honest When Dealing with Grief of Any Kind

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 in All Blogs, Moving Forward, Overcoming Grief, You Are Not Alone | 1 comment

The Silent Struggle I tend to internally struggle with things that hurt me to the point that it begins to overwhelm my mind and affect my body. Sometimes my regrets, offenses, and grief take the forefront of my thoughts and swallow all that’s good in my life. I must realize that it is me that allows the negative to occupy so much space. I am the only one that can give permission for these destructive feelings to stay. My mind is aware of that, but there are times it’s difficult to convince my heart. Sometimes I’m just so hurt and angry I don’t know what to do about it. When I get this...

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