Thank you Gail for the wealth of ideas.

Sorry for the delay in response–our system opened our 4th hospital this weekend.   Busy days–calls for that non-anxious presence each and every day.

After my hubby’s health crisis, I wrote a letter to a friend telling all that happened–and the ways I saw God at work.  I still haven’t typed it to send, but I plan to–and this is encouraging me to do so.

I also tried the Biopoem–new term for me.  Remembered my grandmother–who died when I was in graduate school.


humble, hardworking, loving

grandmother to Kathy and 25 others; mother to Alvin and 6 more

baking, crochet, soap operas

hardship, grief, determination

reared children and grandchildren, entrepreneur, respect

Fort Pierce, Florida


I was reminded of here life through the depression, loss of husband at an early age, loss of children and grandchildren,  had a business of sorts–boarded horses on her property, proud woman.

I’m reminded of the song we use for our Children’s Memorial Service–a song written in honor of a woman’s nephew –Precious Child.  Sometimes phrases of that song come to mind as I hear of the loss of a loved one.

Gail, the black box is powerful.  So many times in visiting patients–and I learn of their grief, we seem to be acknowledging their grief–and giving permission to be on a journey along the grief process.  Each journey is different–and no set time.

As I’m writing, I realize that the last few years at work have had elements of grief.  My boss retired, I changed locations of work after 19 years, new people joined the department, one left, oversight changed, more locations added.   So many changes–different from grieving  the loss of a loved one, but grieving the loss of friends, co-workers, work situations, routines.  So my days when I feel a bit flaky or unproductive, may be days when I’m more aware of my grief.  Then other days I’m optimistic and ready for whatever comes.  Sounds like life to me.