Category: Light After Loss

Surviving Anniversaries and Other Hard Days…

Q: “ How do I navigate the overwhelm that I feel as the anniversary of my loved one’s death approaches?” A: When we are deeply connected to another and then they are gone, it can be “I don’t want to get out of bed” devastating. So what do we do on the days when we just wish they were around? ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​I have experienced this time and time again ...

10 Years After Her Death…

Today is January 5th, 2018. To many it’s just an ordinary day. To me it marks 10 years since the most life changing moment of my life, my mom’s death. It is 10 years of figuring out who I am without my mom. It is 10 anniversaries of her death, 10 birthdays, my wedding, my Dad’s wedding, my brother’s wedding, 1 niece, 2 children of ...

Are you the worst you during the holidays?

Are you the same person you were 10 years ago? I doubt it. While we are in our essence the same as we were when we were two years old, we are also constantly evolving. I don’t know about you, but when I am with my family (particularly during the holidays) I tend to revert back to old behaviors and patterns. If you are dreading ...

Can Having a Baby Be a Grieving Experience?

I am 38 weeks pregnant, and while I am excited to welcome a baby boy into our family, I am also scared. Do you remember the definition of grief from The Grief Recovery Institute that I have shared with you time and time again? “The conflicting feelings that come at the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.” Not the bad, sad, terrible feelings… ...

When It Hurts So Much…

Does it feel like we are constantly being bombarded with bad news? Where should we donate our time, energy and money when there is just one thing after another? Do you help with Harvey, Irma, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, or the fires in California? And what about your own personal hardships or those of your friends and family? I had a great interview with meditation expert ...

How to support those affected by Harvey…

With the hurricane and subsequent flooding going on in Houston and the surrounding area, emotions are running high. Growing up in Sugar Land, Texas and still having a significant number of family and friends there​​​, this devastating catastrophe is hitting close to home, both literally and figuratively. Nearly every post on my social media page is about the devastation of Harvey and at this point ...

Why Birth is a Grieving Experience

I am so excited to announce that Aaron, Ayla and I will be welcoming a new little one into our family later this fall! While we are so excited and grateful, there is always the part of me that is scared, a little overwhelmed, and a bit nervous about how our lives will change. And that my friends, is the definition of grief. “The conflicting ...