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13 Thoughts on Grief, Loss, and Keeping Your Heart Open

13 Thoughts on Grief, Loss, and Keeping Your Heart Open

I know how hard it is to keep your heart open after it's been forcibly cracked open. I also know that it's the only way to heal, connect, and feel joy rising up through the cracks where the light got in. Here are some thoughts on grief, losing the person you love so much, and keeping them in your heart for as long as you live.

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Words of Comfort When You’re Not Ready to Change How You Feel

Words of Comfort When You’re Not Ready to Change How You Feel

What if you’re not ready to change? Not ready to feel the full spectrum of your feelings? What if your healing feels rushed… even if it’s been months, years since you started hurting? This is a short note just to say… it’s OK. You’re OK. Treat yourself like a garden & you’ll see, you don’t have to bloom all year long.

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Grief Lasts a Lifetime, but Love Lasts Forever (Part 2)

Grief Lasts a Lifetime, but Love Lasts Forever (Part 2)

If you lost someone you love, how you live now is your greatest contribution to the love you shared and still share. That love is in every step you take, intimately tied to your joys & your dreams. It's a tattoo that can't be removed, an eternal river running through you. Grief lasts a lifetime, but love lasts forever.

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Grief Lasts a Lifetime, but Love Lasts Forever (Part 1)

Grief Lasts a Lifetime, but Love Lasts Forever (Part 1)

When my brother died by suicide eight years ago, I didn't know what to expect out of life after. Do you go through the stages of grief, one at a time? How long till you can laugh again? Does the pain ever go away? I found some answers, but not all of them. I learned that grief lasts a lifetime, but love lasts forever.

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I Hope You Find What You're Looking For ~ A Prayer-Poem

I Hope You Find What You're Looking For ~ A Prayer-Poem

I hope you look for one thing and, by chance, find something else beautiful and true. I hope that wherever you look, you see a piece of yourself in everything, and recognize in yourself an entire universe... In the end, I hope you find what you're looking for, especially when it's not what you set out to find.

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Thank You for Helping Me Through: An Open Letter

Thank You for Helping Me Through: An Open Letter

Been through the wringer? If there's someone you want to thank for helping you through hard times, read this letter. It works for the grief support or the battles with chronic illness. For the 2am tears that kept you both up. Or anything that made you wonder how on earth you'd pull through. Share it if it hits home.

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How to Bloom from Your Wounds: Giving Grief New Meaning

How to Bloom from Your Wounds: Giving Grief New Meaning

Let’s be honest: nothing makes death easier for the ones left behind. Yet what breaks your heart connects you to others in new ways. Through that common thread, you grow the courage to bloom from your wounds. To grow, to give, to live again. And here’s what that might mean for you…

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What Grief Is Like: A Poem about How Grief Changes You

What Grief Is Like: A Poem about How Grief Changes You

Grief hurts. It can feel like wreckage, like being washed away and remade in a new way. We can label grief as bad, badgering it into being innately wrong when, in fact, it’s proof that we’ve lived and loved. Really lived, really loved. This poem embraces grief as part of LIFE, not just death, and essential to healing.

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Losing It All Set Me Free. You’re Unbreaking, Too — A Poem about Rebirth

Losing It All Set Me Free. You’re Unbreaking, Too — A Poem about Rebirth

Have you ever felt so broken that you know you’ll never be the same again? Maybe you feel that way now. Know this: here, after all the falling apart and right in the middle of not-knowing, you can breathe. You can make something new. That’s because even though you’re breaking, you’re unbreaking too. Read this poem to feel better about it.

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