Grief Inspired Blog

Cracked Open by the Death of Those We Love

Each Sunday, I am excited to take my little boy to church to teach him about God and Jesus and to be thankful for all we have.  I love the community we experience as each person says good morning to us on our way into mass.  I am delighted by the way my son’s face...

How Do We Tolerate Our Suffering?

Grief INSPIRED was created to bring meaning to my personal experience of suffering and pain and as a way to channel that pain to help others who are experiencing their own grief. At Grief INSPIRED, I believe that as we share our grief, our pain, and our suffering with others we heal. We give others permission to share their story and heal as well. We are not alone in our grief. We can do more than just survive grief. We are a community of humans, experiencing the human condition, connected through our pain and stronger because of our love.

Finding Answers to the Impossible Questions of Grief

Yesterday I was sitting with a friend enjoying coffee at a local Starbucks.  She was sharing about an upcoming Pregnancy and Infant Loss event she is planning for October, which is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  I was excited to be participating and happy...

How to Build Your Resiliency Muscle as You Grieve

Today I want to share some of my journey with you and give you tips on how to build resiliency as you grieve.  Grieving the loss of my infant son gave me the opportunity to learn firsthand about resiliency.  It’s given me practice in building it, and taught me how I...

A Prayer of Knowing by Catherine McNulty

I’ve found serving others to be an instrumental part of my healing.  As I continue to heal from my own losses, I help facilitate monthly support group meetings for those dealing with miscarriage and infant loss in the San Diego area.  I was reminded yesterday that I...

Finding Strength Through Your Grief

No pain, no gain.  It’s a popular phrase we’ve all said at one time in our lives.  We usually use the phrase in relation to the pain we inflict on ourselves when we embark on a new exercise regimen.  We may want to lose weight, get stronger, go faster and be more...

Feeling Vulnerable is NOT a Sign of Weakness

As I grieved, the things that were the most unsettling were the loss of certainty and the inability to feel grounded and secure.   I know now that this is common as part of the grieving process. Prior to entering the NICU where my infant son lay, fighting for his...

Grief is temporary – you won’t feel like this forever

Grief won’t last forever As I began my grief journey, I was convinced that the pain I was feeling in my gut, the depression and anxiety that clouded my head, and the feeling of being unsettled was my new reality.  I couldn’t remember what happiness felt like and I...

Finding Gratitude Through the Pain

One afternoon, while I was working, my husband Jim came into my office.  Seeing him I quickly said, “Hey, I’m glad you are here, I want to show you something.”  He sat down in a chair, and immediately said “I just can’t right now.”  He put his head in his hands and...

Unrealistic Expectations Cause Us Pain

Why do we let our expectations rule our lives?  The moment I found out I was pregnant, the expectations began.  I fabricated the ideal scenario of what was “supposed” to happen with my pregnancy and my baby’s life.  It went something like this…. I have an easy,...

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