Harsh Realities

June 9, 2021

Grief: A Whole New Knowing

Grief brings a whole new knowing, a completely new set of knowledge and awareness. Life as you knew it, life as you planned it, life as it will be from now on, all transformed. All carefully crafted in a way that has depleted your path from the person you loved so dearly.  Grief delivers a whole new knowing, a new set of pain and longing…

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May 27, 2021

More than the Heart, More than the Soul, Grief Changes Everything

My mind has never truly failed me. Sure I’ve forgotten things and gotten answers wrong but it’s never truly let me down or failed me, until the death of my mother.  When unconscionable grief entered my life it was as if my mind was no longer cooperating. No longer sound or correct or in proper function. It was absolutely no help to my broken heart…

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Grief: A Million Things

Grief is like being tender to the touch. Like every inch of our bodies, inside and out, has been harshly scratched with sandpaper.  Like being more raw and exposed than ever before and still forced out into the world messy, broken, shattered and confused. Forced to fake smiles and hold strength we don’t have. Forced to tuck away our truths and our knowing because they…

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Did you know, I Forgive You?

Someone asked about you the other day. They wondered if I’d heard from you. They wondered what had become of you now that it’s been nearly a decade since our divorce and the downfall of your life with addiction.  I explained I hadn’t heard from you since the moment our divorce was finalized. I explained you are now a stranger and a shadow, but also…

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May 24, 2021

Words Meant for Her and Heaven

I’m nearing the four year mark of my mother’s passing. In a couple months time the anniversary of her death will arrive, as will the insurmountable grief that comes along with this darkened day on the calendar.  Knowing the incoming pain, I try to prepare myself. I sit outside and find the calm and quiet the outside air provides. I start talking to her. It’s…

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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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