Tag: grief

Assembling IKEA Furniture in a Wind Tunnel: Coping with Loss at the Holidays

Assembling IKEA Furniture in a Wind Tunnel: Coping with Loss at the Holidays

I had distinct the honor of holding space for and with Paul Samuel Dolman as we discussed the recent loss of his mother, Eileen. Listen here as we dive deeply into what the first few weeks of being an “adult orphan” look like, as well 

Discovering Sabbath In My Mother’s Hospice Room

Discovering Sabbath In My Mother’s Hospice Room

My mother was a staunch observer of sabbath. It took her death for me to appreciate why. Read my latest for The Christian Century.

This Mother’s Day, We Grieve a Matriarch Who Birthed Community for Doubt-Filled Believers

Amid prayerful-yet-playful tweets bemoaning missed episodes of Game of Thrones, the voice of our generation, Rachel Held Evans, died one week ago following complications from a sudden illness. At 37, the theological giant, wife, and mother to two small children just before one of the 

Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life

Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life

Last year, my brother, sister-in-law, and husband celebrated Mom’s 78th birthday without her. In years past, whenever we dined out for Mom’s birthday, my brother and I knew the drill: restaurants were chosen according to their desserts, not their entrees. Our mother never ate according 

The First Year After Mom’s Death: How These Rituals Helped Me Navigate Grief and Loss

The First Year After Mom’s Death: How These Rituals Helped Me Navigate Grief and Loss

My mother died one year ago today. I still remember our first evening without her in the world. Fred, Ron, and I rode through downtown Raleigh with the windows down, and I thought: She’ll never hear the sounds of August again—the cicadas’ song that tell us 

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Our Mom’s Scattering Urn Takes a Road Trip

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Our Mom’s Scattering Urn Takes a Road Trip

By the sweat of your face     you shall eat bread until you return to the ground,     for out of it you were taken; you are dust,     and to dust you shall return. –Genesis 3:19, NRSV All go to one place; all are from the dust,