Reading Time: 4 minutes They say time heals all wounds. Unfortunately, time also has a way of opening the deepest ones back up periodically. The Events that Define Us There are a handful of moments in our lives that change us in some way: e.g., the day you gain or lose someone you love, the day your beliefs about […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes When I started my nursing career back in 2001, I was a mature student but I didn’t feel that way faced with individuals, families and communities during their most emotive times due to death and thereafter grief. Just two decades ago there “were” three types of grief: normal, absent, or delayed. So you were either […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes The summer of 2017 was idyllic. We had everything they could have dreamed of: a happy marriage, a beautiful home in Colorado, two adorable sons ages 3.5 and almost 2, and a daughter on the way. We spent most of the summer poolside in Boulder and visited beaches in California and Hawaii. Our boys loved […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes I was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) on April 26, 2007. I received one year of chemo and one month of radiation. Undergoing both treatments simultaneously was not easy. With chemo, I lost my hair. My appetite evaporated. It made me felt nauseous and would indeed cause me to throw up. When I was getting treated […]

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From Mum to Meditator

November 26, 2019

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Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s January and little do I know but I am about to embark on the most anxious journey of my life so far. I am 27 years old and just found out I am pregnant for the second time. I should be ecstatic and I am. However, reality sets in and I can feel the […]

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Reading Time: 7 minutes Many infertile couples have had to set aside their dream of having children. What is the best response when one of them shares such news with you? A while back I wrote an article, “Sometimes It’s Best to Say Nothing,” that explains what not to say to couples who are dealing with infertility and in […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes My mom died. There is no other way to say it. Using euphemisms does not soften the blow. I sit here writing this fully able to accept the reality of her death. I knew it was coming. I have been doing anticipatory grieving for the last year and a half. In this time, I watched […]

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Reading Time: 2 minutes “Grief Is the Thing with Feathers” (by Max Porter) is a great name for a book, but mourning is not usually associated with flight. Sometimes it feels heavy and exhausting and impossible to recover from. Speaking from experience I know this to be true. I also know that there is a way through this weighty, […]

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