Though this is a blog about grief and the journey, it’s also a blog about LIFE and I want to share my story with that in mind. Today, I am more confident than I have ever been. Not because of the way I look but because […]
Empowered Through Grief! Until now, HealGrief has been an online social support network for people who are grieving, bereaved or for those just wanting to support them. With an average of 2 people dying every second, potentially we serve the millions of those left behind. […]
It’s a powerful time of change in the world, regardless where you live as families struggle, loss occurs and concerns for health, finance and matters of the heart set in. So where to go for hope and some fun? With us:
Amy Sky, Olivia Newton-John & Beth Nielsen Chapman.
Join us for a great night of joy and hope while we celebrate LIFE and being alive.
Dublin, Glasgow and London / January 23, 24, 26
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Loss can divide us, but it can also unite us, as we are seeing in the case of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Collectively we are trying to make sense of […]
Over the past years, we’ve seen many friends come and go from our lives and while the holidays can be a time of immense joy, they can also be a source of sorrow for many, as we reflect back on those who are no longer in our day-to-day physical existence.
It is then that we need to remember the lyrics from the LIV ON song, “There’s Still My Joy”:
One tiny child can change the world
One shining light can show the way
Through all my tears for what I’ve lost
There’s still my joy
There’s still my joy
…For Christmas Day
There’s so much happening in this ever-changing world of ours — and while it can seem a tremendous weight to bear, we also hope you and yours will have moments to remember all that is joyous and bright over this holiday season.
Sending you much love,
Amy, Olivia, Beth and the rest of the LIV ON Team
For you: “There’s Still My Joy”
The thought of describing one’s journey of grief as “grace” seems unsettling, if not impossible. Grace, after all, is typically defined as elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion or action – or in many religious traditions as mercy, clemency or pardon. How in the […]
Feelings of Grief May Be Magnified During The Holidays / Jon Radulovic, National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
The holidays are often thought of as a joyful time of the year, filled with sights and sounds of seasonal cheer. Yet for people struggling with the death of a family member or other loved one, the holidays can be a difficult time. The season […]
Monday is usually my favorite day because it holds so much promise! Yes, it’s true. I LOVE Mondays and am always curious what magical thing might unfold in the days between the beginning and the end of the week! However, this particular Monday, instead of bouncing out of bed like I usually do, I just laid there with a heaviness of being that wouldn’t let me move. I struggled to roll over, trying to figure out what on earth was bothering me.
At the same time, I kept hearing Amy Sky, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Olivia Newton John’s LIV ON song, “Don’t Know What To Say” running through my head, over and over. I kept feeling the lyrics:
You don’t know what to say
You don’t know what to do
When life delivers this
The right words don’t exist
The fault is not with you
And finally, it hit me. I don’t know what to say…. I don’t know what to do… because life’s delivered this… and with that, I rolled over, put two feet on the ground and wrote you the message below… because it’s not just any Monday. It’s Halloween.
I woke up this Halloween morning and again this year, felt a sickness in my stomach & an ache in my heart. I’ve vacillated for years about discussing Halloween and how it’s an unofficial “Ugh” day for many bereaved parents.
Why? Because we know intuitively that someone is or in my case some one(s) are missing from our lives.
It’s the day that no one speaks of aloud…but every cell in our grieving-parent-bodies knows that something is “off.” So, now, I’m calling it like it is…because after 11 years & 8 years of waiting for this bizarre feeling to go away on this ONE day, I’m done stuffing it down…and judging from my inbox on the topic, you are, too.
Grieving parents, my heart goes out to you….and if you’re the friend of a bereaved parent, reach out to him or her today. Just say, “Hi, I didn’t know this day might be hard, but wow, makes sense.” Then let your bereaved-parent-friend fly his or her own freak flag today, as he or she wishes…’cuz this one day can bring out the Princess or the Witch in all, but especially bereaved parents.
Sent with Love,
#HalloweenIsHard #ThankfullyItsOnlyOneDay #YesYouCanShareThis w/your bereaved parent friend. xox
It is often in our darkest hour when grief has cracked us open, that we find access to the purest creative voice with us. Through the gift of art, music, and all creative expression we can begin to address the deep spiraling waves of feeling that overtake us […]