Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
Jesse Jackson

Grief and loss can take a terrible toll on the body. We stop eating, we eat too much, we eat empty calories instead of nourishing our bodies. We can’t sleep, we don’t want to get out of bed, all we do is sleep. We can’t bear to leave the house, much less go to the gym, take the dog for a walk or go for a run.

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Learn to deal with the physical impact of grief and begin to heal your body after a devastating loss. We share ideas on how to move, nourish and rejuvenate your body even on your hardest days.

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“I Wish That Mommy Never Dies” — Helping My Preschooler Cope With Grief and Loss

While visiting family during Christmas break, we decided to grab a bite to eat. I saw a fountain that would be a great distraction for my impatient four-and-a-half-year old while we waited to be seated. As I handed my son pennies to toss into the water, I had no idea that he would have such a powerful wish.

Telling The Untold Story

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

Margo and Jimmy after a race in 2006. Margo is on the right wearing a long sleeve white t-shirt that says "Portland Children's Museum". Jimmy is on the right, bald from cancer treatment wearing a short sleeve white t-shirt with the number 3186 pinned to the front

Finding Your People

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life. Amy Poehler

Michael and Erin kissing Sam on the cheeks. Michael is on the left wearing glasses and a light green short-sleeve collared shirt. Sam is in the middle wearing a very light short-sleeve blue collared shirt and a blue baseball cap backward. Erin is on the right wearing a short sleeve tan blouse and black pants

Death, Yoga and the Spaces Between

I started practicing yoga consistently about a year before my son, Sam, died. I had tried yoga in the past but as a form of exercise and a way to stretch. In the months preceding and following Sam’s death, yoga became something else entirely. It gave me permission to spend time focusing on simple things […]

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Living in the Body

Body is something you need in order to stay on this planet and you only get one. And no matter which one you get, it will not be satisfactory. It will not be beautiful enough, it will be not be fast enough …

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The Wisdom of Natalie

Be gentle. Be kind. Be honest. Be true. Be real. Be you. Natalie Terry

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