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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Crumbs Of Joy

Between grief and nothing, I will take grief. William Faulkner

Rejoining The World

The world doesn’t care how many times you fall down as long as it’s one fewer than the number of times you get back up. Aaron Sorkin

When Only Memories Remain

Then Tea Cake came prancing around her where she was and the song of the sigh flew out of the window and lit in the top of the pine trees. Tea Cake, with the sun for a shawl. Of course he wasn’t dead. He could never be dead until she herself had finished feeling and thinking. The kiss of his memory made pictures of love and light against the wall. Zora Neale Thurston

A Both/And Life

Life’s brutal and beautiful are woven together so tightly that they can’t be separated. Reject the brutal, reject the beauty. Glennon Doyle

Grief During A Pandemic

At the age of 37, Lauren lost her best friend when her mom passed away from Leukemia. Lauren’s grief is so strong that it even follows her to 30K feet in the sky as a Flight Attendant, which is how she came up with her blog name. Lauren is trying to find balance between her […]

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Finding Meaning When Your Only Child Dies

How to describe myself? Before, I would have said I am a mother, wife, occupational therapist. But my only child died in May 2019, so I guess I am first and foremost a childless mother. My husband and I got married in September 2006, and just over a year later, in October 2007, our beautiful […]

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