Monthly Archives: March, 2015

Grieving As Transformation

Last week, to honor the one-year anniversary of my mother’s sudden death, and the six-month anniversary of my job loss, I attended a grief workshop. About twenty of us sat in a circle around a beautiful, multi-tiered display of broken mugs. There were many kinds, colors and shapes of mugs. Some were merely chipped, some …

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Blindsided! Surviving Grief, Loss, and Disappointment

A year later: I’m still in awe of the support and encouragement of our friends during our Blindside! My mom died a month ago, suddenly, in her sleep, just died. Did I mention it was a shock? When something shocking happens, it sends us reeling in a way few other things can. In Baz Luhrmann’s famous …

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A Tribute To My Mother, a year after her death

My beautiful mother died suddenly, a year ago, March 14th. This is the tribute I wrote for her memorial. At the end is a link to the video my son made of her life in pictures. LaDonna Fae Terry was born August 29th 1935 in Wendell Idaho. Her parents, Jack and LeRue Smith had four …

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Driving Miss Donnie: How to survive a road trip with someone with dementia

I wrote this blog a year ago when my mom and I did something we’d done our whole lives: We took a road trip to Idaho. I had no idea when we did it, that it would be our last. I’m so grateful for these memories.  I’m just back from a four day road trip …

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