grief

Anna's Story "Just Less Orderly"

Anna's Story "Just Less Orderly"

People do not just commit suicide without reason. There is usually a combination of factors that lead someone to make the final decision to end their own life. Drew was loved beyond measure. Unfortunately, Drew probably did not feel that love for a good portion of his childhood. 

Read Anna's Story HERE.

Megan's Story "Riding on the Waves"

Megan's Story "Riding on the Waves"

I started the frantic calls to my parent's home. I started to get lost in my head of what could be going on. Finally I got an answer and it's my mom who lived in Stockton. She doesn't sound like my mom and she's repeating over and over, "please don't take him, please don't take him." I fell to the floor sobbing,

Read "Riding on the Waves" HERE.

Kristina's Story "He Won His Wings"

Kristina's Story "He Won His Wings"

I am a 27-year-old widow. I lost my husband last year to Stage IV Colon Cancer.  We were 7-months pregnant when he was diagnosed. We fought it with despair, pain and anger. What frustrates me the most is the pictures of cancer the media never portrays.  The shattered lives of those left behind, step-mom's who lost their husband and their step-daughter all in the same moment. Mom's raising their sons who are physical replicas of their dads, answering questions of when daddy is coming back, the daily fight of convincing yourself you have to get out of bed, make a difference, continue to live...yet with guilt,  sorrow,  and unbelievable sadness.

Read "He Won His Wings" HERE.

Lisa's Story "Crown of Beauty"

Lisa's Story "Crown of Beauty"

I got the phone call that would forever change my life: “Cain is dead”.

Read Lisa's Story 'Crown of Beauty' HERE

Katie's Story "Make You Feel My Love"

Katie's Story "Make You Feel My Love"

Grief. Sometimes, we get to prepare for it. Sometimes it follows a long illness that gives us time to accept the inevitable, even when we know it won’t be easy and we can never truly prepare for the loss. Sometimes, though, it punches us in the face with the power of a prize fighter gunning for a knock out.

Read Katie's powerful story HERE.

Cindi's Story "Love You To Heaven and Back"

Cindi's Story "Love You To Heaven and Back"

In January, 2014, I got the knock on my door no parent ever wants to answer. The police were here to tell me my son Craig had died of suspicious circumstances although they knew drugs were involved. My heart broke into a million pieces and I didn’t think I could do this. But I still had two other children, my granddaughter and fiance who needed me as much as I needed them.

Read Cindi's complete story HERE.

Erin's Story "Broken Yet Gracious"

Erin's Story "Broken Yet Gracious"

I got lost in my grief over the next year - it was so hard to function. I honestly don't think I can put it into words. I was falling hard and had nowhere soft to land. I had a life to get back to but couldn't see a life without Abby. 

Read "Broken Yet Gracious" HERE.

Abby's Story "Don't Give Up"

Abby's Story "Don't Give Up"

"My boys (moms like us call them our “earthly children”) were all grown up now, ages 6 and 7.  I had been robbed of their childhood grieving for the loss of my heavenly children one after another. I was sad, I was angry, I blamed myself, I blamed God."

Read Abby's Story "Don't Give Up" HERE.

Kim's Story "Living, Not Dying"

Kim's Story "Living, Not Dying"

"Howard died March 29, 2013. Now what? Who was I without Howard? My only identity was as his wife and the girl’s mom. I had no idea how to move forward just being me."


Read Kim's full story "Living, Not Dying" HERE.
 

Amanda's Story "Seasons"

Amanda's Story "Seasons"

"It started with an injury to my back costing me my career as a firefighter. Next, two of my grandparents passed away. Then, my brother who was a Marine Cobra Pilot was KIA in Afghanistan. Another grandparent passed only months after that. The icing on the cake was a divorce..."


Read Amanda's amazing journey from grief to joy HERE.
 

Jill, Ezra and Linnea's Story "Embrace Goodness"

Jill, Ezra and Linnea's Story "Embrace Goodness"

"The saddest day of our lives was January 2, 2014, when our dear husband and daddy, Gary, died suddenly."

Read the Jill's words HERE.

SHELBY'S STORY "REMEMBER"

SHELBY'S STORY "REMEMBER"

"My tattoo reads "April 5th 2013.  Why? Because that is the date my grandma died.  She was my best friend."

READ SHELBY'S STORY ON LOSING YOUR GRANDMOTHER HERE.

SAYLOR'S STORY "HAUNTING"

SAYLOR'S STORY "HAUNTING"

I could blame my actions on teenage heartbreak. Emotional abuse and infidelity. That hollow feeling that engulfs your chest that you can’t shake no matter what you do. Giving your life to someone who wouldn’t necessarily mind if you weren’t there."

READ MORE ABOUT SAYLOR HERE.

HOLLY'S STORY "RADIANT"

HOLLY'S STORY "RADIANT"

...it was a lot of crying, and people trying to tell you that your mother’s gone. And it was just all blurry from there.”

READ MORE ABOUT HOLLY DEALING WITH GRIEF HERE.

Heather's Story "Silver Lining"

Heather's Story "Silver Lining"

"In all honesty though, it's been more difficult in these last two months than the first 10. Most days I feel like the light is just barely there." 

Read Heather's full story HERE.

Daniel's Story "February"

Daniel's Story "February"

"This February was full of trials that their family would have to overcome together. Daniel was faced with his mother being diagnosed with ALS and his wife having complications with a pregnancy."

Watch the short film "February" on Daniel's amazing story HERE.

Jessica's Story

Jessica's Story

"Thinking back on the sudden death of my dad when I was only 26-years-old, the game became simply 'trying to keep it together."

Read Jessica's complete story HERE.