Collective Grief

In our present society, we’re continuously confronted with acts of violence that are at once shocking and simply unimaginable. The picture of a desperate, heartbroken mother with the cross of Ash Wednesday still freshly signed on her forehead told the story this week of the shock, destruction, and despair that devastated the community of Parkland, Florida on a holy day of remembrance. read more »

Whole Life

When my husband died in the dark hours of a hot July night, I felt God’s powerful, unmistakable presence in that dim, dingy hospital room. In a bright, shining moment I am certain that God transported Leighton’s soul to eternal life. And yet his body, emptied of his spirit, breathed on for another two long hours. When at last my beloved took his final breath, I felt abandoned—by him and by God. read more »

The Angel Wore Sneakers

…not just any old work shoes, but hot pink sneakers with shiny silver stripes that peeked out from the bottom of her sensible khaki pants. This particular angel had bright yellow curly hair, the perfect complement to her sunny disposition. Her job was to arrange and maintain the Christmas floral arrangements in the large gothic dining room of an historic estate house open to the public. She was the “flower lady”, responsible for artfully brightening this moody space with its soaring cathedral ceilings through the vibrant beauty of fresh seasonal flowers. read more »

Collateral Grief

We’re continuously confronted with acts of violence that are at once shocking and simply unimaginable. Often, we flounder for what it is we should be feeling. Sometimes we’re surprised by our delayed reaction when our emotions—anger, outrage, disbelief, contempt— finally bubble to the surface. Yet at the far reach of our bewilderment, we find our emotional identity with what’s happened. This is collateral grief, our most fundamental response to the pain and suffering of others, expressed as heartfelt compassion. read more »

Commonwealth Grief

Beyond its accustomed use to designate a federation of states, a commonwealth is also defined as any group of persons united by some common interest. In the face of senseless violence, tragic death, and random injury, as occurred in recent weeks and days especially in London and Manchester, those of us who are helpless bystanders are most certainly part of a commonwealth. read more »

How to Recover from the Death of a Loved One

Recovery best describes our spiritual and emotional healing from grief. Here are some things that to help in how to recover from the death of a loved one. read more »

Grief Understanding

The journey of grief takes us inevitably through “the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4 RSV). We emerge at last from the darkness of grief into the light of new life, our soul restored through the loving care of God’s infinite grace. read more »

The Other Side of Grief

Reconciling our experience of loss and sorrow with the grace of our faith inevitably leads us slowly but surely to the other side of grief. read more »


When the careful restoration of our life is at last complete, our grief becomes a precious part of the infrastructure of who we are. read more »


As our grief slowly moves beyond the pain of loss and loneliness, often we ask ourselves, “Will I ever be happy again?” read more »


When we grieve, somewhere deep within we long to soar again. read more »

Perfect Faithfulness

God is perfect. God is faithful. God’s perfect faithfulness is our one true guide through the valley of the shadow of death. read more »

No Fear in Love

In grief there's a kind of fluid balance between fear and love. read more »

Grief Recovery

What is it about grief that seems so at odds with the notion of recovery? read more »


If we're experiencing a kind of mental, emotional, or spiritual inertia, we may be temporarily stuck in our grief. read more »

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