Harsh Realities

June 10, 2020

Our Family. Our Decisions.

We are currently in a pandemic. We are currently in a state of social unrest.  We are emotional. We are tired. We are overwhelmed.  We are not open to judgement or advice. We are not open to feedback.  We are doing the best we can.  We are acting in love and responsibility and care, even if you do not understand.  We do not need unsolicited…

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The Voice of the Lost

After someone dies, suddenly people know their wishes and desires for you. Suddenly people become the voices of our lost loved ones. You cry in grief. “Your mother wouldn’t want you to be upset.” You cry in pain. “Your mother wouldn’t want you to cry.” You make complicated decisions. “Your mother wouldn’t do it that way.” You have moments of stress and anxiety. “Your mother…

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June 9, 2020

Riding the Waves of Grief

We buried our mother, the most amazing woman we’ve known, and we were unsure of how life would now commence.  We were in denial. We held our breath. We looked to each other for the next step. We entered grief together.. We hugged. We talked. We wept. We rode the waves of grief together. We cried. We yelled. We screamed. We rode the waves of…

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June 8, 2020

Trumpets at a Funeral: The Story of my Grandfather’s Funeral

I hear the trumpets beautiful melody. The kind of song you recognize immediately. The kind with tradition and meaning. The kind of song that immediately grabs your heart and soul.  “Taps” begins and I can no longer hold in the emotion. The tears flow harder than they were before. It is my grandfather’s funeral. My last grandparent. Now, none remain.  I can feel the tradition…

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

A thirty-something wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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