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    Gracefully Grieving: How to be a Blessing to Others

    I’ve been listening to Joyce Meyer’s teachings about God’s word daily for a few months now and I absolutely love it! My future sister-in-law Chris surprised me with a gift of the book Trusting God Day by Day: 365 Daily Devotions by Joyce Meyer. This book contains great short reminders everyday and I really love all of them. One of these recent reminders is called “Be a Blessing to Others.” One way this has helped me and many of my students to feel more compassionate about our life and of others again after losing our loved one is through helping others by being a blessing to others. There are so…

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    The Stories We Tell Ourselves About Losing a Loved One.

    What happened? What are the FACTS that make up the story of what happened to your deceased love one? The facts are the part of the story that DOESN’T CHANGE. This doesn’t include your feelings or your response to the story, simply only the facts. Here are the facts in my story of loss. My father died from cancer. My late husband died from cancer. What are the plain facts that make up your story of loss? Now, feel free to tell your own version of the stories regarding your loss. Here is the story I used to tell myself after my dad died: Having an abusive mom, my dad…

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    Gracefully Grieving: 5 Step Process to Bring You More Peace!

    While talking to a friend yesterday, she expressed the anger, fear, guilt, frustration and overwhelming feelings she was having about an unknown future life after the loss of her husband she had been married to for 30+ years. This is exactly what grief feels like. There are so many intense emotions and it’s almost impossible to find peace, right? With grief our old life is gone, the door has closed, and there is no way we can go back. We don’t like our new normal and we just want the old life that we had. Does this sound familiar? Feeling like this is where our suffering comes from. Today, I…

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    International Widow’s Day: What It Means To Be a Widow

    You may not know it but today is International Widow’s Day! I didn’t know about it until I became a widow myself three and a half years ago. There are many people who tell me that I don’t look like a widow because I am too happy, too powerful and too put together! So it got me thinking that it is time to redefine the term WIDOW. Or better yet, what should an awakened, empowered widow look like? A widow is a woman whose world was unwilling destroyed and shattered. Being sad, angry, confused and scared is normal for widows at the very beginning stages of grief. But at the…

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