Harsh Realities

May 9, 2022

New Day– You Survived Mother’s Day

Breathe, stretch, and release all of the pain from yesterday— today is a new day. The sting of grief will start to fade as the morning turns to afternoon and eventually to night. A fresh start, a normal day, not one clouded by a holiday that brings you heartbreak, while bringing the rest of the world joy and love.  Own this day and this new…

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May 3, 2022

7 ways to Celebrate & Honor a Mother Gone Too Soon on Mother’s Day

Celebrating any holiday without my mother is challenging but Mother’s Day, well that’s an entire different kind of hurt, pain and longing. Each year since losing my mother I’ve needed different things on this special day. Some years I retreat. Some years I reclaim joy and celebration. Each year I find meaningful ways to honor her love. Here are 7 ways that I’ve found to…

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April 20, 2022

Loving a Woman Who Lost a Mother

When you love a woman who’s lost a mother, you’ll be loving someone who has experienced a grief that changed the composition of her soul and the map of her future. She will be different from other women you have known or loved. They’ll be things you’ll need to know about her– things invisible to the eye but etched on each piece of her that…

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April 18, 2022

The Worst Part of Losing Your Mother

I pull out a small piece of paper that I had forgotten was tucked in my back pocket. It has only three words: the worst part. Immediately I’m transported back to the small coffee shop where I heard the words and felt compelled to jot them down. I was busy writing when I overheard two strangers talking about the ‘worst part’ of a certain scenario.…

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April 7, 2022

Will the Pain Ever Go Away?

Through tears she asks, “Does the pain ever go away?” She misses her mother and I also know the unique and powerful void. I wish I could tell her it does, but that isn’t the truth. I wish I could ease her pain and comfort her heart, but I know those are impossible tasks.  I hug her tightly without saying a word. In time I’ll…

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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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