Harsh Realities

July 15, 2024

Sinking into the Anniversary of Loss

There is no water, only my bed and the sunshine that’s calling most people to rise and shine and step forward into the day, but I can feel myself sinking.  Sinking.  Sinking. Down. Down. Down.  Motivation lost. Energy drained. I feel heavy— too heavy to lift from this spot, too heavy to rise, too heavy to do anything.  It’s an invisible weight that I carry,…

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The Impossibility of Three to Five Days: A Heartbreak Measured

Three to five days is the amount of time most places of employment allow for the bereavement of a parent. I watched my mother, actively dying, for longer than that. It took longer than that to plan her funeral, let friends and family know about her passing, and write her eulogy.  Less than a week of paid time off to plan, prepare, and comprehend the…

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June 28, 2024

Grief & Nate Bargatze

The sign outside of the arena reads “Nate Bargatze: June 26th”. We’re at the fieldhouse where our basketball teams play but tonight there will be no sports, only comedy. I’ve been waiting for this date night with my husband for months. He bought the tickets as a present, a gift. We didn’t know how serendipitous the timing of this event would be until we were…

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June 19, 2024

Local Bookstore Needs Our Help

A small bookstore in my hometown of Lebanon, Indiana needs our help. A couple of days ago I saw a post about their current situation and current struggles–how sales are needed so they can remain in business serving our community.  This local bookshop isn’t just a place to buy books. It’s owned and operated by individuals that are out in the community at events, showing…

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Constantly Missing

To be alive is to be constantly missing someone or something.  At first, in youth, you miss little things, tangible things, physical things. Then you grow and you miss home. With time and experience, you start missing people– people who’ve died, the ones that left too soon. You become in a constant state of missing. You miss moments you’ll never have and moments you’ll never…

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A 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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