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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You Came Home Today

You came home today, but not in the way I wanted or remembered. You passed from this life into the next, and I went to the doctor’s office to pick up your ashes — what’s left of what I love to hold, smell, lay next to and be around.

Margo is wearing a floral print shirt. She's sitting on the couch holding a four day old Jimmy against her chest. Jimmy is wrapped in a white blanket. Dan is sitting next to Margo wearing a green shirt and is reaching out to touch Jimmy's nose

I Remember You

“I carry you with me into the world, into the smell of rain and the words that dance between people. And for me, it will always be this way, walking into the light, remembering being alive together.” Brian Andreas, StoryPeople

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Double Digits

When I lost my husband, Matt, four years ago, I had a serious conversation with my dog. “You’ve got to make it to double digits, little buddy.”

Jessica on the left with a dark jacket on, leaning her chin on Bernie's shoulder; Bernie on the right wearing a white shirt

My Beautiful Girl

I would love to say that I’ve learned and grown since losing my 24-year-old daughter Jessica on November 10, 2013, but the truth is all I have managed since is to survive for the sake of my older daughter, Sarah.

Daniel Velez, sitting in a chair wearing a black shirt and white straw hat with black band; Ana Velez sitting on his lap wearing a green shirt

A Letter To My Son

Ana Murphy is the mother of two children — Daniel Velez and Alejandro Velez. She has been a Systems Engineer for more than 30 years. After the death of her eldest son, Daniel, she felt the need to do something different. She needed something more spiritual, she needed peace, but above all, she needed to […]

Sean and his mom, Lise, sitting on a couch. Sean is on the left wearing a brown checked shirt; Lise is on the right wearing a white shirt with a blue button down shirt over it and she has her arm around Sean

Lifting Sean Back to God

My son, Sean Kendrick Mecham, died ten years ago today at the age of 28. He had contracted sepsis and was not able to overcome it … It seems like yesterday and a lifetime ago, all wrapped into one.

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