Tag Archives: Death

Unity in Community

If there is one theme that has marked these past several weeks of my life, it is community.  I’ve been driving around Virginia with my project team, spending face-to-face time with our community partners in research.  I’ve spoken at our … Continue reading

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Never Too Much Ice

Even as I begin typing tonight, my fingers still feel the lingering frostiness of ice.  It’s ironic, actually.  My heart is melting.  It’s been a deeply heartfelt and fully lived day, and I have felt the urge to write for … Continue reading

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Birthday Buddies

I have the auspicious honor of sharing my own birth date with two other family members…an uncle one generation older, and a cousin one generation younger. My Gramma proudly celebrated her son, granddaughter and great grandson each of us born … Continue reading

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Life and Loss

My heart has been heavy this week. A friend and colleague of mine suffered a tragedy many of us would find unimaginable, the sudden death of her 20 year old son during a routine, fun-filled Fourth of July weekend at … Continue reading

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falling from the sky

Like many of us, there have been times in my life when I have looked up to the heavens, begging whatever divine force may be listening for a sign of what to do, or a portent of what is to … Continue reading

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Remembering Robin

Today, I finished purging my files and packing the seven orange crates that will move my professional life to our new office building.  I have been thinking about packing as nuisance, not nostalgia, since this particular move has nothing to … Continue reading

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Good Friday

It had been 40 days since my first ashes. Well, almost 40 days. It was Good Friday and I was home from college for a long Easter weekend. My clandestine basement foray into lenten ashes was still gnawing at my … Continue reading

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Peace. Bubbles. Light.

When I stood in my assigned space in the alto section of the choir loft, across from the organ, it was Michael’s tenor voice that I heard behind me. The choir at St. John’s-Grace was an eclectic combination of people: … Continue reading

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200 People

I have spent many years working both directly, and in advocacy roles, with families who have experienced a tragic loss related to SIDS or other sudden and unexpected infant death. These losses are sudden, devastating, and life altering for families. … Continue reading

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Broken Heart

A colleague of mine at our counseling agency had a brother who had become a Buddhist monk.  He was visiting with her, so she invited us for an evening of meditation and conversation at her home.  The group was eclectic, and the … Continue reading

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