Loss & Grief

Cherishing Every Moment of Life
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Cherishing Every Moment of Life

When a specialist told labor and delivery nurse Laura Huene that her child’s brain was not developed, he asked her when she wanted to schedule her induction (abortion). He didn’t offer her options or understand when she said, “This baby is a gift and we are going to carry her.” After the difficult news at…

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The Letter that Changed Me

I sat in front of my computer about to do something I never imagined doing: write a letter to my molester. A few days prior, my husband casually mentioned his upcoming business trip. I felt sick and angry inside when I heard where. Attached to this city name were memories from thirty-three years ago I’d…

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The Baby Box

It’s a box I don’t open frequently. It’s ivory with a pretty white satin ribbon around it. As I open it, the first thing I see is a small white dress for a newborn with two pink satin roses at the top. I hold it up and think of the baby that might have been….

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Rachel’s Tears

Aslan’s death so filled their minds that they hardly thought of it…. And down they both knelt in the wet grass and kissed his cold face and stroked his beautiful fur — what was left of it — and they cried till they could cry no more. And then they looked at each other and…

Practicing the Sanctity of Life
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Practicing the Sanctity of Life

Years ago when my father-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer, my husband and I wanted him to get another opinion and seek treatment. The response we received from my mother-in-law was, "He’s lived his seventy-years, that’s all God promises." (See Psalms 90:10.) Yet I couldn’t help but think of Moses. He was 80 years old…

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Accepting God’s Limitless Love

Dating John was an adventure. He sang Elvis’ Love Me Tender to me in restaurants. He pulled me to the nightclub dance floor when no one else was dancing. Once we met at a steak house and pretended we were on a blind date. We role-played the entire meal and the waiter believed us. Not…

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Birthdays with Jesus

December 7th has always been a very special day in my family. It’s the day we get our Christmas tree and is my sister Libby’s birthday. While I was growing up, every year on her birthday we’d bundle up, get in the car, and drive to some remote lot to retrieve our valuable pine tree….

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Losing Baby

My first prenatal appointment was the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend and I’d woken up that morning feeling pregnant and cranky. The doctor’s waiting room was full of pregnant woman. Their round bellies made me smile. The nurse routinely took my vitals and medical history, commenting on my good health. She calculated my due date…

Dressing Up Mom
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Dressing Up Mom

My aging parents’ deteriorating condition was overwhelming. Along with my mom’s slippage into Alzheimer’s disease, my dad was hospitalized with an infection. C.S. Lewis wrote, "No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." My only brother left the care to me. Maybe he feared that Dad would go first, leaving him to…

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