Harsh Realities

September 20, 2021

Grief Takes Time

It takes time to see beyond those last breaths and final heartbeats. It takes time to see beyond the destruction and forever absence you’ve been left with.  Grief takes time. It takes time to see them beyond the sickness and the disease. It takes time to remember them before they became frail and actively dying. Grief takes time.  It takes time to step back into…

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September 14, 2021

Her Mother Is In Heaven

She’s the woman standing ready to take her diploma. The one she received with honors and the one with an admirable 4.0 attached to it. As she reaches for the tassels ready to move them to the appropriate side, tears stream down her face as she thinks of her mother. Her mother is in heaven and that’s an ache she always lives with.  She’s the…

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Grief, A Grenade Without a Pin

As a person consumed with grief I’ve found that people treat me like I’m some kind of bomb that is about to explode, like some kind of grenade that’s pin has already been pulled and it’s one toss from full destruction. Like I’m fragile and scary. Like I’m dangerous and uncomfortable. Like I’m too many unknowns and full of instability.  I lost my mom and…

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Faded, But Not Forever

The first time I looked at myself in the mirror after my mother died, I wasn’t completely shocked by the image that reflected. It was me, broken, raw, exhausted and faded. It was as if my light had dimmed. I wasn’t invisible but I no longer held shine or vibrance. I was dull and faded. I was grey in a world full of color.   It…

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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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