Category Archives: Valley of Grief

Suicide and Sympathy

I don’t blame Robin Williams’s daughter for wanting out of social media sites after she received discouraging posts/ unwanted trolls. People will be judgmental in the face of suffering. Last week visiting a group of friends the topic of suicide … Continue reading

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Hope When Words are a Life Sentence

  One morning a few years ago I visited a unit at Juvenile Hall. My spirit was low that morning, but it quickly edged upward again.It started with a door and a breeze… My footsteps echoed endlessly down the long … Continue reading

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Bigger than Life; Sherwood Carthen . A Sunday memorandum at Bayside North.

“He was bigger than life in every way,” this morning Pastor Ray Johnston of Granite Bay Bayside shared the untimely death of fellow pastor Sherwood Carthen of BOSS church. His passing Wednesday saddened many in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee honored … Continue reading

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Death and Grief Relief

Lately there has been a lot of death around me. We watched the footage of the Asian airline tragedy at SFO saddened this morning at the tragic  loss of two  Chinese teenagers. July 4th a childhood friend’s father, like an … Continue reading

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This Too Will Pass…Seasonal Pain

“Life is like marriage; it’s up and it’s down,” Grandma used to say moving her hand up and down in the air like an elevator on the blitz. I often thought of her witticism in my twenties because it meant … Continue reading

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Holding on, Loving God, Reaching out through Loss

In bad news, we can be assured …”this too will pass.” Seasons change. The boy now has another car, the woman is enjoying her life without that job, the baby is doing well, the bride is now a satisfied mother of two… we have to get through knowing life will tip again
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Where Dancing Never Ends

Yesterday I attended a funeral with my Mom, one of the original Classy Tappers, a tap dancing troupe that entertains at private parties, lodge functions and many convalescent homes. It started up in 1992. The leader & choreographer, Laverne, passed … Continue reading

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Grief Care

When someone you know has just lost a loved one, it is hard to know what you can do to show you care and provide comfort during the early days of grief. Here are some things you can take (or … Continue reading

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Help After a Death

"Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help" As a griever, we hear it over and over–especially immediately after our loss. But we seldom ask for help. People want to help, but they don’t know … Continue reading

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National Tragedy

Death hits us hard. Today I ran into La Bou for coffee passing the newspaper stand. I glanced down, "3 Sheriffs Shot". I couldn’t even think about it . Our country just lost 8 soldiers in Iraq two days ago. … Continue reading

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