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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The Music of My Grief

I really don’t like YouTube’s algorithms. The reasons behind that are many and, to be honest, they really have nothing to do with today’s thoughts. But, as I type that, I can’t help but think they actually might. Stay with me here for a minute….

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The stability we cannot find in the world, we must create within our own persons. Nathaniel Branden

We Thought

She would stand at the rail each time we left thin arms raised to blow kisses that followed us home and we thought we had more time.

The Language of Grief

There are many reasons to treat each other with great tenderness. One is the sheet miracle that we are here together on a planet surrounded by dying stars. One is that we cannot see what anyone else has swallowed. Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

How Are You?

They ask – how are you? You respond I’m fine, but are you really? Of course not. You pretend so you don’t have to talk, and they don’t have to listen.

Are You Okay?

Are you okay? How many times have you been asked this question? If you’re a griever, chances are it’s more than you’d like. But when you answer this question, are you really telling the truth?

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