Encountering Grace

July 27, 2018

A friend shared a post with me about something I think she expected I already knew: July is Bereaved Parents Awareness Month. No, I didn’t know that. But now that I do, this month mustn’t end without me posting this next blog. Though losing a child carries with it a kind of bereavement like no other, the deep sadness of losing someone treasured is always profoundly despairing. So, if someone you know and care about has lost or is losing a beloved, if you’ve found yourself in interactions where you’re uncertain what to say or do in the face of loss, or if you are part of a...

July 12, 2018

Seated at the dining room table in a room flooded by afternoon light, the three of us settle into the discussion ahead. Lindsay admits to feeling anxious about painful memories she will be sharing aloud during the next hour or so. It has taken her time to make the decision to talk about Ella for this project, but she and Josh finally decide that it might somehow be helpful as they continue toward healing. Still, now that we are together, ready to actually relive details of their experience, there is silence. Tears begin to shine in Lindsay’s eyes and Josh leaves to get th...

July 5, 2018

This morning during my quiet, meditating time, I rediscovered poet Mary Oliver, an American treasure. I was late – I had charged myself with finally completing the dreaded “elevator pitch” for my next book, Finding Grace: journeys of grief, courage and healing. I needed some centering time before I tackled the pitch, one more time, with its required 25-words-or-less limits necessary to summarize years of work. It was then “The Journey” jumped into my lap. 

Never meant as a book keynote, this eloquent poem inadvertently and magically recaps the very essence of Finding Grace...

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