Facing loss and going on when it's so hard

Coping with loss and grief
What now?

We've all suffered loss and grief. Some of it is in the course of the natural cycle of life. If we live long enough, it is natural to lose our grandparents and eventually our parents. It may be natural, but that doesn't make it easier. We miss them. We long to see them again, talk to them again, say "I'm sorry" or "Thank you" or do a myriad of things we never really finished.

Sometimes, the tragic loss is not in the natural life cycle. Children are not supposed to die before their parents or grandparents. Ask most grandparents and they will tell you "There's nothing like grandchildren!" My husband and I had three beautiful grandchildren. Our first, an adorable little girl, died at the age of 15 months from bacterial meningitis just as she was getting the hang of walking. Our second is a boy - very smart, kind, and loving. He's attending college. We're very proud of him!

Our third grandchild, a wonderful, intelligent, funny and fun-loving, yet serious, very special girl, was killed in a car accident at the age of 15 years. Residing several states away, she spent two glorious weeks us every summer, the highlight of our year! When she died, I asked myself why is she gone and why am I still here?

With this blog we hope to provide insight into, among other things, the feelings associated with the death of loved ones. We'll talk about:

  • grief, healing, coping with loss, and dying

  • how you and I can become stronger even when devastated

  • living our best life whatever the circumstances

  • uplifting, happy, and enlightening things, too

This is a journey for all of us and will include information from several sources. I hope you will participate and share your own experiences. Together, we will get through the challenges and be stronger for it.

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