There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief … And unspeakable love …
Washington Irving

After the death of a beloved, there is no avoiding the overwhelming grief or the tears. In the immediate aftermath, we may be in shock, feel numb or even be in denial about the loss. Although everyone’s timetable is different, eventually we have to acknowledge the loss and how devastated we are. No matter how painful, we must sit with our grief and all that we’ve lost in order to start healing.

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At Salt Water, we can help you learn to live with an unbearable loss. We offer ideas, strategies, tools and most importantly, hope that you can survive the death of someone you didn’t think you could live without.

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Hollow

Way down deep in my chest
Where the voices go to die
Lies a certain open space
A void, devoid of light.

Ten Years On

Every time I hurt, I know the wound is an echo, so I keep listening for the moment the grief becomes a window, when I can see what I couldn’t see before. Andrea Gibson

The Ugly Side of Grief

There isn’t a thing to eat down in the rabbit hole of your bitterness except your own desperate heart. Cheryl Strayed

The Phantom Child

I’ll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don’t choose. We’ll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn’t carry us. There’s nothing to do but salute it from the shore. Cheryl Strayed

The Illusion of Separation

It’s strange how I cannot remember your voice, but if I heard it, I would immediately know it was you. Clint Smith

Rabbit Trails

“Rabbit trails”, with their innocuous name, are in reality, dangerous mine fields.

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