I cleaned out the closet of my husband's ex-wife because he was too distraught to do it
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission. When I first started dating my now-husband, I ended up cleaning out his ex-wife’s clothes from the closet that she had left behind because he was too distraught to do it.
A Mother's Day Reflection from a Grieving Mother
Mother’s Day is this Sunday. I don’t have to look at a calendar to know that the feelings I’ve been having these past few days are a product of grief. I look at my beautiful daughter and as I listen to her speak, I can’t help but feel so proud of the beautiful young lady we’ve raised. A smart girl who graduated from college with a successful life. She is loving, sweet, funny, determined, courageous, and gorgeous. I thank the Infinite Spirit (God, Lord, Shiva, etc.) for giving me the daughter I always wanted.
A Mother's Day Voicemail For The Ages
This is the full story of a shortened version published elsewhere. A photo of an iPhone showing unread emailsPhoto by Torsten Dettlaff on Pexels. A truncated version of this story was published elsewhere last month. That dramatically shortened version was edited to fit within the parameters of a 600-word or less, non-fiction writing contest.
Straight Outta Hazelwood: Remembering Aaron Tyrone Lamont Dennis
Straight Outta Hazelwood is a series of profiles written by Andrea Coleman, a lifelong Hazelwood resident and founder of the Garden of Different Abilities. I lost my first-born son, Aaron Tyrone Lamont Dennis five years ago this May 30, 2022.
Dreams that Comfort and are Full of Sorrow Too
I had a dream. It involved my husband and three children. In the dream, my children were still young—about 9, 8, and 7 years old. They looked just as they did back then. My oldest, Richie, who passed away, was just as curious and extroverted. My daughter with her big sweet cheeks and a tremendous appetite; and my youngest was his loving and hyper self. I do not remember what the dream really was about. All I remember was that we were happy to be together and that my husband and I enjoyed watching our children run around, play, and come running to us with big hugs and kisses.
A Grieving Mom's Birthday Message from Her Son in Heaven
My birthday is fast approaching. Tonight, as I wrote an article, my forever 20-year-old angel in heaven (my oldest son’s) image crossed my mind. At that moment, my heart ached for him and a few tears rolled down my cheeks.
A Short Story on Grieving
I was dumbfounded when I found out about your condition. They said you were having trouble breathing, and you needed to be intubated. My doctor friend said that’s painful; I wish I can ask you how that experience was.
Understanding Michelangelo's Portrayal of Grief felt by Mary, Jesus’ Mother, through La Pieta
“The Pieta means pity or compassion, and represents Mary sorrowfully contemplating the dead body of her son which she holds on her lap.” ~ The Khan Academy. Michelangelo's La Pieta in the Vatican City- image by the author.
When a Grieving Adult Child Cuts Off a Dying Parent’s Family and Friends From Communication
Studies say the most common reason regards the child’s desire to assume the mother or father’s remaining time for themselves, their siblings, and/or the remaining parent. This article is free of bias and is, in part, based on personal conclusions in line with those of currently accredited medical organizations and mental health professionals as attributed below. Though I myself am a former mental health professional with training in Psychology, and I will share some relevant information regarding that experience within this article, I am not a doctor and I offer no medical advice herein. Please contact a currently practicing medical or mental health professional for anypotential grief-related issue that requires attention.
My Vivid Dream and the Meaning of It
Two months after my son passed away, I had the most beautiful dream. The sky and surrounding area were gray and gloomy. As if I were inside a gray cloud. There was nothing else other than a flight of stairs in a lonely alley. The stairs seemed burnt, blackened by a fire, however, it did not smell of fire. There were many stairs. I could not see where they ended, but I headed up towards wherever they took me to step by step. It was a long journey up the flight of stairs — about a four-hour walk. Every time I took a step; they squeaked. I didn’t know where they would lead to, but it was not scary, nor did I get tired.
A Grieving Mother’s Story of Survival
My life was wonderful. I had three adult children, a loving husband, and a job I enjoyed. Until one day my life flipped upside down. My name is Debbie, and this is my story. One quiet summer night, my husband and I were getting ready for bed when the phone rang.
Getting Over A Breakup And Finding Love Again
Going through a hard breakup? Don’t let grief, depression, and/or anxiety get the best of you. Here are some helpful tips for getting through a breakup and finding love again.
A Grieving Mother Receives Comfort from Her Child through a Perfect Stranger's Song
"There is no death. Only a change of worlds." ~ Chief Seattle. I recently read the most heart-warming story ever. It teared me up. I use the Nextdoor app within my neighborhood. A woman, which I'll call Ann, who lives in a surrounding neighborhood, was writing to express her thanks to a stranger. She did not know him, but his interaction with her caused a great impact.
Life Choices Can Affect the Rest of Our Lives
I’d like to share a story that has changed my life for the better. It involves my forever 20- year-old angel in heaven and I thought today would be a great opportunity to share since tomorrow, January 8th, is his birthday and also marks the anniversary of when I decided to take control of my life. It is one of those heartbreaking stories with a happy ending. The reason I want to share is to encourage others going through a similar situation, that there is hope at the end of the tunnel. You too can do it.
Navigating grief during the Holidays
For many people, especially those who are grieving the recent loss of a loved one, the holiday season brings into laser focus everything that is difficult in living without that beloved.