Conversations of the Hurting

If you are suffering with the pain of grief, Conversations for the Hurting is a welcome retreat to find comfort and encouragement.  As you read through these posts, it is my intention to completely support you and offer hope and tools to grieve well. 


What is Grief Work and Why do It?

Work! Who likes it? Possibly, just the word, W-O-R-K, conjures up negative memories of pulling weeds in the ivy bed as a kid.  At least it does for me.   But for the sake of honesty, there is some work I love to do.  Possibly you enjoy certain types of work as well. ...

Honesty, An Over looked Grief Virtue

Throughout my active grief, I was tempted to withhold what I was honestly experiencing, thinking I would spare myself added discomfort, or spare the one who casually asked, “How are you doing?”  Did they really want to know, or was it simply syllables filling the...

Declare Your Freedom to Grieve

Last week, many across America picnicked, paraded, and feasted.  This is our annual holiday to celebrate the ideals we cherish as Americans.  But last week, today, tomorrow and the next week, my friends with broken hearts might conclude the ideals of "Freedom"merely...

Mourning Mother’s Day

Whether you are a mother who is mourning for a child or you are a child who is mourning for a mother, or you are a mother who is mourning for BOTH a child and a mother, waking up this morning means facing some challenging and significant pain.  I woke up with you on...

Anticipating the Resurrection

Tomorrow I have the opportunity to visit our son’s 32 year old grave.  Each time I come to the little bench that sits under the shading oak next to his headstone, I find myself in a different emotional, mental, physical and spiritual composition.  I’ve learned to go...

An Empty Chair, or Not

She slowly and robotically began setting the Thanksgiving table.  No joy or happiness could be found in the plans and preparations for this once anticipated holiday.  Sorrow and emotional suffering were her constant companions.  How would she get through this?  How...

I’ve saved the blog you wrote about my Dad’s funeral and how it affects generations.  Thanks so much for capturing a meaningful part of our family’s grief.  


Steve and Karen thanks for sharing from your hearts. You have led the way helping so many through their journeys of grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you!


Our mission is to be a supportive and compassionate companion for those who grieve and helpful, encouraging insight for those who comfort them.

It is our desire that this web site become one of your shared resources when you meet a grieving friend.  Our second, yet equally important goal is to offer significant and relevant information so that CfD remains one of your go-to places for your own benefit.