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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Dan and Jimmy at Jimmy's head shaving party. They are both bald. Dan is wearing a long sleeve light blue shirt. Jimmy's wearing an orange t-shirt.

The Secret Anniversaries of the Heart

The holiest of holidays are kept by ourselves in silence and apart: the secret anniversaries of the heart. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A single branch of pink and white fushias


Before my brain could begin
to process it — you, falling to the airport
floor, pulse fluttering in your neck
until someone rolled you onto your back,
and the fluttering stopped —

Dan, Margo and Jimmy sitting on the wall of a fort in the Florida Keys. Molly is squating below them.

No One Said …

No one said that every day would be sunny.

Or that the beds would never need to be made, that the dishes would wash themselves or that the dust wouldn’t accumulate.

Jimmy sitting in front of a white brick fireplace. Sesame Street characters -- Cookie Monster, Oscar, Elmo are on the left. Ernie and Big Bird are on the right. There's a short living Christmas tree on the right and the bottom of several Christmas stockings above and to the left. Jimmy is wearing a white t-shirt, colorful shorts and holding a plate of Christmas cookies

My Body Knows The Truth

The truth about our childhood is stored up in our body, and although we can repress it, we can never alter it. Our intellect can be deceived, our feelings manipulated, our perceptions confused and our body tricked with medication. But someday, the body will present its bill, for it is as incorruptible as a child […]

Orange clouds at sunset with a tree in foreground and a hill in the background

The Wind Delivers

The wind delivers me
gentle warm and full bodied

Jimmy in an infinity pool in Mexico. Only his head and his right arm is above the water. He's waving

If Only …

The hardest word I know is only.
Only this and never that.
Judy Sorum Brown

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