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Beautiful Poetry and Quotes about Death and Dying

Beautiful Poetry and Quotes about Death and Dying

Thinking about death doesn't need to be something we live our lives avoiding. There's a great fear of dying, but if we talk about it, and listen, we'd hear the truth: that "mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things." It's why I find solace in these quotes about death and dying, and hope you will too.

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9 Years After Loss: My Self-Help Laundry List

9 Years After Loss: My Self-Help Laundry List

It's been 9 years since my brother's suicide. Life since then has been... everything. Heavy and light. Lackluster and full of wisdom. Somehow, still beautiful. I wanted to share some things I've given up and some things I'm still doing to take care of myself. May my self-help laundry list shed some light on your own.

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A Prayer for New Beginnings + the Strength to Love Again

A Prayer for New Beginnings + the Strength to Love Again

May we have the courage to greet each new beginning (and each decision) with an open heart. Whether you need to start over or keep going, I hope this prayer inspires you to keep hope alive, to trust in love one more time, and to take care of yourself along the way. The best changes start on the inside, with you.

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Random Messages of Hope for the Soul

Random Messages of Hope for the Soul

It could be a word. The way someone phrases what you could never put words to. A memory. Something you see in the sky, in the street, in someone's eyes. And just that one thing, in that moment, can spark change in your heart. It could mean the difference between who you've been, and who you're becoming. It could mean hope instead of fear, joy where there was pain—light in the darkness. It could mean everything.

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A Minute With You // A Poem about Grieving and Growing

A Minute With You // A Poem about Grieving and Growing

When someone you love dies, you know how hard it is to grow through that. No matter how long it's been. If you're intent on making beauty out of the pain they left behind, but you still can't help thinking how good it'd feel to trade everything away, for just a minute more with them, here's a poem for that.

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What Self-Care Really Means (Hint: It’s Not Always a Bubble Bath)

What Self-Care Really Means (Hint: It’s Not Always a Bubble Bath)

Okay, sometimes it’s a salt bath and a piece of chocolate. But real self-care isn’t set in stone. It changes as you change. It’s changing your focus, habits and priorities when what used to work for you doesn’t work anymore. And what you need right now, it’s not always pretty or popular.

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A Simple Heartbeat Meditation for Self-Love and Healing

A Simple Heartbeat Meditation for Self-Love and Healing

This heartbeat meditation is a beautiful way to connect with your “inner flame” and the simple joy of being alive. It's uplifting and centering, as practical as it is sacred. As you sync with your inner rhythm, you might sense a flicker of light still on inside — even after everything, even the middle of everything.

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Please Help: A Prayer for Harder Seasons

Please Help: A Prayer for Harder Seasons

If your soul is tired, this is for you. Maybe you just lost someone you love, or you've been carrying around a heavy grief for years. Maybe you're tired of trying to be someone you're not, or trying in vain to inspire change in someone else. I get it. That's why this is one of the best prayers I know: "Please help."

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A Must Read: The Awakening Poem by Judith Espinosa

A Must Read: The Awakening Poem by Judith Espinosa

Judith Espinosa wrote The Awakening to help others who've endured great loss, illness, and heartbreak of any kind. People like you and me, who'd rather lay claim to this new life than live the rest of our days being victims of our circumstances. I’m happy and grateful to be able to share her poem here in full, with you.

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End-of-Year Thoughts on Growth After Trauma + "Becoming"

End-of-Year Thoughts on Growth After Trauma + "Becoming"

Whatever's flipped your life upside down this year, now you're here. You've been planted somewhere new; actually, something new has been planted in you. A seed. And you decide how you nurture it, water it, weed it, let it root & bloom. You get to decide, here & now, how it unfurls & how you grow with it, through it.

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