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. 


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...

Why Not Journal?

6 Great Reasons to Journal Your Grief Experiences “I have never processed anything by writing about it,” he said. “That was so powerful.  I think I am making progress.” When a man in my workshop responds to the journaling exercise in such a positive way, I listen....

Independence Day Grief

I spent the 4th of July on a boat party hosted by John,* a recent widower.  My brother in law, Dennis,* is one of John’s best friends.  Here is what I noticed that gave me insight about grief-work. The Best Friend Best friends of grieving men are invaluable to the...

Does Your Grief Feel Like This?

You Are Not Alone When we grieve, we can feel so isolated.  Since few people speak of what grief feels like and there is a void of roll models for healthy grieving, our own private world of suffering can feel very frightening.  With fear comes misunderstanding and...

How God Influences Our Grief

I’ve been thinking about how our ideas about God impact our grief. Does how you think about God influence your grieving? In the search for healthy grieving, I bump up against God frequently.  Sometimes as I listen to others interject their thoughts about God it makes...

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.