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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A Series Of Rooms

It’s what life is. It’s a series of rooms and who we get stuck in those rooms with adds up to what our lives are. Dr. Gregory House

Molly and Jimmy on the bench in Maui. Molly is on the left with a white parrot sitting on her right fore arm. She's wearing a pink t-shirt with a Hawaiian print. There's a red parrot sitting on her right shoulder and Jimmy's left shoulder. Jimmy is wearing a red lei and no shirt. He has a yellow and blue parrot sitting on his left shoulder.

Seventeen Years

At nine years old, I felt invincible. Hardship felt foreign. As is true for many nine-year-olds, the world felt like a safe, welcoming place.

Jimmy, wearing a white long sleeve t-shirt, with different primary color dinosaurs on it. The playhouse has a green roof, red door and tan walls.

Staying Out Of Bad Neighborhoods

My mind is a bad neighborhood I try not to go into alone. Anne Lamott

rudy dad andy. They're all wearing navy t-shirts with the American flag. Above the flag it says "Old Navy 2014"

Sudden Death

Death is hard. Dealing with an unexpected death is GUT wrenching, soul crushing, honestly the worst kind of hurt in the world. I never thought at 25 that I would have to bury my 33-year-old brother. Rudy was our rock, our planner, our movie guru. Rudy was the heart of our family; being the eldest […]

A gray, cloudy day at the ocean. On the left in the front, a triangle of sand is visible. The large cloud in the foreground is dark gray; the one behind is light gray.

All The Way Home

On Betty’s journey, I have learned something I had not known; I am very strong, strong enough to stay, strong enough to go when the time comes. I am staying not to cling on, but because sometime, at least once, everyone should see someone all the way through. All the way home. John Hodgman, Bettyville […]

Martha, Margo and Larry at Margo's graduation. Martha is wearing a suit jacket and dark glasses. She has short gray hair. Margo is wearing a black cape and gown and carrying a bouquet of roses. Larry is wearing a brown suede suite jacket and brown tie.

When Your Last Parent Dies

For a child, the loss of a parent is the loss of memory itself. Svetlana Alexievich

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