Suicide and Grief

The (Faith &) Grief Process

Friday, September 28, 2012, my son Matthew was 22 years old and a senior at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. That afternoon, we were notified that he had died by suicide. My knees buckled and my world collapsed. Despite the flood of friends and family to our house, I didn’t know where…
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Refuge in Grief

Refuge in Grief God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore… –Psalm 46:1-2a The marquee, at the entrance of a Baptist church daycare center where I took my firstborn, featured the above words from Psalm 46. Every single word penetrated my heart, soul, and mind—God/our/refuge/ strength/ present help/trouble/therefore… The marquee…
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Grief- New You, New Friends

Grief- New You, New Friends nger strangers…. More than once or 294 times my colleagues and I have been asked, “How can you do this grief work all the time?” The down-to-earth reply is, “Because we meet the most compassionate, authentic, and spiritual women and men.” The wide-as-the-heavens reply is, “With the gifts God has…
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Stories Bind A Broken Heart

Stories Bind A Broken Heart “Tears shed in private are the most honest prayers.” Awakened in the August night by my Grandmother Naomi’s weeping, I remembered that she had shared this thought with me years before. The recollection transformed my fear, sense of helplessness, and own sadness into a holy moment. Wrapped between soft sheets…
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