If you have found your way to this site because you have lost someone you love, my heart goes out to you… I am so very sorry for your loss.

Grieving is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do… and while we all grieve differently, it’s helpful to connect with others who have experienced loss. You may feel alone right now, but I want you to know that you are not alone… you are stronger than you know, and you WILL survive this unimaginable pain— one breath at a time, one step at a time, one day at a time.

Losing someone we love is a life-shattering experience, and trying to create a new life without our loved one can seem overwhelming. This website has resources both for those who have lost loved ones, and those who are supporting people dealing with loss. I invite you to read my blog, The Grief Journey, which includes stories about my grief journey and illustrations from my journals. I hope that sharing what I’ve learned on my own grief journey will help you on yours.

 With love and sympathy,


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Hi Everyone,

37 years ago today, I walked down the aisle wearing my mother's Priscilla of Boston wedding dress and my mother-in-law's beautiful, hand-beaded crown, and stood under the Chuppah (Wedding Canopy) with my beloved, Andy Trattner, as we joined hands and united our hearts in marriage.

Andy and I wrote our