Six ways to be authentically present with someone in Grief

Six ways to be authentically present with someone in Grief

When your heart is ripped open with a loss, grief creates fundamental shifts and changes that can manifest over a long period of time.

These developments ebb and flow as the current of grief is sometimes prominent and sometimes subtle, but the direct impact upon the soul is clear and transparent to the experienced eye.

One year ago, my closest girlfriend of nineteen years died at the age of forty-six after a twenty-two month journey with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). I was one of her main caretakers, witnessed her slow decline and was fortunate to share the last couple days of her life with her. Through the heart-breaking incident of losing her, I have walked the stark landscape of grief and I feel inspired to share what I’ve learned.

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How the Horses Saved My Life

How the Horses Saved My Life

I was blessed to become a single mom at the young age of 22. When I say blessed I say it because I was gifted a son; the single mom part was undoubtedly not easy.

As I raised my son mostly by myself my ultimate dream was to meet a partner at some point in my lifetime and share in the journey of having another child together. This was not something I readily admitted to folks, but the dream always lingered in the back of my mind. As I tend to be the picky type, I had high expectations for a partner, yet I knew eventually I would meet the right person.

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Enough Already!

Enough Already!

In the last month before Deb died she would share profound words of wisdom to those of us closest to her. After months of struggling with the reality that her health had declined, once she finally accepted it was her fate to die at the young age of 46 from Acute Myeloid Leukemia, she achieved a sage-like state.

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Congruency with Horses

Congruency with Horses

Yesterday I understood the lesson of congruency from spending time with the horses. I have four horses that almost every day I move from the dry, grassless pasture to the lush, green pasture, which as you can imagine takes a considerable amount of time. One of the big lessons in being with horses is the need to be PRESENT.

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