Journey to Grateful2022-09-07T13:04:27+00:00

Navigating the Unfamiliar Pathways of Loss

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SHARING EXPERIENCES OF LOSS THROUGH OUR STORIES

Exploring the Many Obstacles of Living After Loss

Through the loss of my wife to cancer, I’ve come to understand the most valuable asset my family and friends possess is the ability to lift me up when I’ve needed it most with the simplest of gestures. There is no perfect formula to help someone grieve. Being there, listening, and providing a slice of normal is often exactly what is needed. In addition, it’s hard for some people to know and understand what their grieving friend is experiencing every day. The most difficult task for those on the outside is understanding that many facets of loss are present almost every single day.

This podcast and blog exist to better help us understand the process of loss with the help of those who are living it.

JOURNEY TO GRATEFUL PODCAST

A Podcast Which Truly Speaks from the Heart

Created out of a need to share my story of loss, along with others, in hopes to educate those around us of grief’s daily reminders in our lives. With a hope to support each other with comfort & community through our experiences. Join me and my gracious contributors as we open our hearts and tell of our process through loss.

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Facing the One-Year Anniversary of Our Loss

(July 2021) As we approached that daunting date on the calendar, we knew one thing… we needed to be somewhere else. A place where memories of my wife would come easily – tears, of course, would follow – but a place that meant something to us all. We needed to be close to each other and close to those moments in our past where smiles and laughter flowed as easily as our tears do now. We needed to be in our – in her – Happy Place.

“ONCE EVERYONE LEAVES AND THE NEW-NORMAL SETS IN, THE LONELINESS CAN BE OVERWHELMING”

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Being Told How to Grieve

When Somebody Else Tries to Tell You How You Should Grieve when somebody else tries to tell you how you should grieve smile and forgive them through your watering eyes and then imagine how lonely it must

With the help of our contributors, each week we will add their stories, their guidance, and their experience with grief.

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“JOURNEY TO GRATEFUL”… THE WHY

The Story Behind the Name

Soon after my wife,  Colleen was first diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2017, she began to ask herself “why”. She quickly settled on the idea that through her story she could possibly help someone. Whether it be explaining her specific treatment options to help a new patient navigate their new normal, or encouraging others to ask questions when their body tells them something different than a doctor might have suggested. She felt her purpose was to help others in whatever way she could with her new-found knowledge of her current journey. While navigating this new path, she adopted a few inspiring mantras to help lift her up, one of which she found on a pillow. Placed on our bed from early on, “grateful” reminded her to sit back and take the time to appreciate all that was her life, before and since her diagnosis. Her family and friends, her strengths and weaknesses, and above all her children & the life she built for them… for us.

Journey to Grateful is a way for us to do what Colleen tried in 3 short years, help others. Her why and her inspiration live on.

“JOURNEY TO GRATEFUL”… THE WHY

The Story Behind the Name

Soon after my wife,  Colleen was first diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2017, she began to ask herself “why”. She quickly settled on the idea that through her story she could possibly help someone. Whether it be explaining her specific treatment options to help a new patient navigate their new normal, or encouraging others to ask questions when their body tells them something different than a doctor might have suggested. She felt her purpose was to help others in whatever way she could with her new-found knowledge of her current journey. While navigating this new path, she adopted a few inspiring mantras to help lift her up, one of which she found on a pillow. Placed on our bed from early on, “grateful” reminded her to sit back and take the time to appreciate all that was her life, before and since her diagnosis. Her family and friends, her strengths and weaknesses, and above all her children & the life she built for them… for us.

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