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.

We invite you to become part of our community. Share your story, ask a question, make a comment. We’d love to hear from you.

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Jimmy in Austin in 2008 after high dose chemo receiving a yellow rose. He's wearing an orange Mellow Johnny's t-shirt, a race bib with the number 28 on it. He's bald. Behind him are photographers, a volunteer in a yellow LIVESTRONG shirt and photographers

A Data Set Of One

When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras. Dr. Theodore Woodward

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Seen

Walk fearlessly into the house of mourning, for grief is only love squaring up to its oldest enemy. And after all these mortal human years, love is up to the challenge. Kate Braestrup

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Still

Casey Mulligan Walsh is an upstate New York writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Split Lip, HuffPost, Next Avenue, The Manifest-Station, Barren Magazine, BrevityBlog, and Modern Loss, among others. She writes about life at the intersection of grief and joy and embracing the in-between.

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Grief Is A Sneaky Beast

Christy is the mother of two – now adult – children. She is an expert in navigating the challenges and opportunities in life including living in the “Sandwich Generation” — that time period of raising children while also caring for an aging parent. Her book, Building a Legacy of Love: Thriving in the Sandwich Generation […]

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Be Still

How would I live if I were exactly what’s needed to heal the world? Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen

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Lost In Translation

There is something maddeningly attractive about the untranslatable–about a word that goes silent in transit. Anne Carson

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