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The most heart wrenching part of my job is when a client (for lack of a better word because my clients become such sweet friends) contacts me and are looking for photos from their recent wedding of someone close to them who just passed away. It reminds me of how important photography is, and the responsibility I carry into each shoot and event that I capture. As I'm going through images this weekend I am holding the weight of knowing that these were quite possibly the last photos that were taken of that person.
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Life is so very short and even though I was aware that I was losing her, and I photographed her often, I will never feel like have enough photos of my mom.
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This is your reminder-- to take more photos, to be in more photos, and mostly to appreciate the beauty in all the tiny little moments with the people who love you. To all of us who are clutching onto photos of our mothers instead of their hands this weekend, I'm sending you the biggest hug in solidarity ever. #griefwork #mothersdayweekend

If you need a reminder of why you've got Monday off, visit your local national cemetery. These images are BY FAR the hardest and some of the most treasured photos I have. The entire day was a blur, but bits and piece are as crisp as if it was yesterday. Memorial Day is forever changed for me; a dark cloud looming over this weekend. I am eternally grateful for @tapsorg for making something positive out of this weekend for us. #americasfamily #griefwork #wemissyoujoe #memorialdayweekend2017

I have almost gotten through the first year after Millie's death. I am still adjusting but getting closer to integrating this new reality without her. Sometimes I feel a wave of sadness and think I can't believe I have to live the rest of my life without her. Other times I can just nod affectionately to my memories without feeling pulled apart by them. This picture was taken two years ago today. It's the picture my tattoo is based on. 🐶❤️🌈 #angelmillietzu #shihtzusofinstagram #oneeyeddog #memories #griefwork

My healing. #griefwork

Dear Theodore Brave,
Son. Your mama and daddy love you fiercely. We are undone by all the miraculous things you can do. We are proud of you and deeply in love with who you are. You are our boy. We get to watch you grow up! Somedays, I still feel like you will be taken away from me. I lived with that fear and heaviness for so long with your sissy. It's hard to shake it. But then, I am reminded of the truth and your strength and the fact that you are free from SMA. I don't have to worry about you choking in bed at night or struggling to breath. So, I let you run free. You get bumps and bruises as you explore, but I know you will be fine.
Your sissy lived for 3 years in a body that was failing her. Every day of her life was a miracle! She was tough and brave and tender hearted. And oh. My boy. You are just the same.
You carry her with you. In your heart and veins and at the corners of your eyes when you smile. She taught us all to be brave. But Teddy...so did you. So did you, my miracle boy.

Dreamed of my dad last night and woke to the shock of being alone. Like an egg off the boil, plunged into an ice bath, my insides contracting away from the surface. Pale and raw and not at all ready to rise. Moving into this spring has felt so heavy and ominous, the promise of change imminent and not inviting. Trying to flip the perspective and be grateful for the process itself, the shedding of the shell, the deepening of the gold inside.

every time I think I entered the wrong profession....today, I stopped to see a police officer I hadn't seen for a bit. A big dude, intimidating, tat sleeves on both arms. He told me he had been gone to bury his youngest daughter last month, he shared his grief, its overwhelming agony, the pain, the hurt, the process of it all. We spent almost an hour , I never mentioned I'm a therapist by trade. There's something magnificent about believing God puts the right people in your life at the right time. #bestrong #mentalhealth #griefwork #grief #repost @amberdodzweit

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We who have lost loved ones through sudden accidents find ourselves scouring our memories for portents. .
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Were there any clues, any indicators, that something terrible might happen? .
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If we can find them, perhaps they inject a measure of meaning into a life thrown into chaos.  On some subconscious level did our loved one know?
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My daughter made that statement, casually, during the months preceding her sudden death at sixteen in a horseback-riding accident. "Mary!" I said. "One world at a time."
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After she died I remembered her words.  Had she known better than I?  And what is going on, that it may be possible to have some vague foreknowledge of an event like that?
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If that is possible, what other unfathomable mysteries exist in a universe of which we may know only the smallest fragment?
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These "signs and wonders" do not mitigate the sorrow of loss, but they may give us hope that on some level a Transcendant Scheme is at work and knows what it's doing. -Martha Hickman-Healing After Loss

Claytopia fun at Camp Good Grief @claytopiaerie #childrensgrief #griefwork

No beautifully posed picture from me today, just something very real. After returning home from a visit to my mum who has a condition very similar to dementia, I pulled these cards: your relationship remains even in this difficult time. Your relationship remains, outside of time. Your connection continues on a deeper level and nothing can break that. Quiet moments of comfort.

In the first flush of grief we are present to the needs of the occasion almost in spite of ourselves. .
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The forms and customs of what to do next, how to behave, are pretty well prescribed, and we need muster only enough energy and will to follow along, do what is expected.
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But then the rituals are over and life settles into a freer form. The decisions to be made are not about details of the service or where the visiting family members will sleep, but how to get on with our lives, what to do with the silences. .
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Then we will need courage and fortitude.

And we will need these qualities for a long time as we struggle to regain our footing on a path that has drastically shifted. .
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We will need courage for the daily walk, and confidence in the goals we have set-or reset-for ourselves now that one of our companions is no longer with us.

#griefchangestherules #griefsupport #griefandloss #griefawareness #griefjourney #healingfromloss #widows #widowers #grievingparents #grievingsibling #griefwork

Today, take a moment to consider Metta practice -- a way to send lovingkindness to those nearest and dearest, but also relationships with more strain and challenges.
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#mindful #mindfulness #mindfulgrief #lovingkindness #prayer #compassion #meditation #healing #support #quote #qotd #life #sufferint #peace #innerpeace #personalgrowth #griefwork #griefsupport

Fireweed is one of the most captivating medicinal plants of the Pacific Northwest. Popping up after a clear-cut or a rampant forest fire, Fireweed will inhabit the soil of a depleted landscape and recreate a healthy ecosystem for itself, a community of Fireweed (because it grows in abundance with its tribe), and in time other plants.
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Every part of the plant is useful in the stages of its growth, too, from tea to garnish to weaveable threads in the seeds, Fireweed not only supplies the Earth but us humans with lots to offer. It is rich in vitamin C and nutrients, astringent, antifungal and anti inflammatory (ironically). .
Symbolically the flower is also quite beautiful. It's petals bloom in 4's: the number of groundedness, systems and stability. The purple hues of Fireweed remind us of nobility, of royalty, of the crown chakra. It also blooms from root to crown, which is how our balanced chakras work- from the bottom up. It shoots up straight as an arrow to the sky, single-minded in its direction. The plant is a living example of balance, from its choice of environment to its physical characteristics.
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Since that moon in Sagittarius (4's, arrows, balance and fire) I've been seeing Fireweed everywhere. I've been told more than once that I need to work on my #fireelement and build a container for it, or it runs rampant. Fireweed has come along on my path to remind me that sustainable solutions are at hand- not just for myself but for all in my tribe and beyond. I wish I knew what they were! But for now I'll begin here with this guide, in my beginner's mind. Grateful that I know when to listen in, look around, and be a student of the Earth.
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#italktoplants #herbalmedicine #fireweed #medicinalplants #pacificnorthwest #pnwonderland #growyourmedicine #restoration #griefwork #heartwork #nothingwasted #ecosystematwork #hedgewitch #witchesofinstagram #urbanshaman #4 #sagittariusmoon #firesign🔥 #digestiveherbs #balance #trusttheprocess

"You're not in limbo, you're in transition. Healing is growth. Growth is healing. The only way you will grow is through healing & you're courageous enough to keep healing - keep recovering." -
#Hecate in this mornings meditation.

Deck: #earthwisdomoracle
Crystal: #lepedolite

#mediation #morningdraws #journaling #griefwork #wintermagic #shadowwork #crystalhealing #goddesswork #greekpantheon #selflovework #choices #recovery #selfgrowth

"We found that our circle of friends shifted...We were surprised and disappointed that people we thought were good friends became distant, uneasy, and seemed unable to help us. .
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Others who were casual acquaintances became suddenly close, sustainers of life for us. .
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Grief changes the rules, sometimes rearranges the combinations." -Martha Whitmore Hickman
Martha's 16 year old daughter fell from a horse and died.

#griefwork #griefjourney #grievingparents #grievingchildren #grievingsiblings #widowlife #widow #widower #griefchangestherules

One of the books I'm reading talked about our brains being able to handle % in 10's and 5's. so, if you are thinking about doing less, can you do 5% less? What about 5% more? I tend to go to extremes: way more, then way less. Tried too hard to be All Spiritual on Saturday and ended up napping the day away after one chore in the morning. Cooked. Way less. .
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Grief doesn't always mean you are sad but it is without a doubt a bodily experience- it is housed in the body and moves through the body. This past few weeks has for sure set my tuner to be aware that, while I'm wanting to participate in Life around me, and often happy, I continuously must return to the body through this lens and check in with myself. Not just at the #fullmoon 🌕 not just on the weekend. .
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Today, what about that 10% rule? Gathered up my friends and headed for a spontaneous soul bath in the lavender fields on Sauvie's Island. It's amazing how nourishing some light conversation and a good long sit in the herb garden can be for the mind 🌸 body 🌸 soul. There was even some #skymagic ... but are you surprised? ☁️💜 .
@kellee.purdy and @lauraczarniecki thank you for getting me out of town! I'm looking at my list of Things To Do and folding it up into a tiny little square. Maybe I'll look at it tomorrow.
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#nourishment #lavenderfields #sauviesisland #pdxsummer #heartwork #peaceandcalm #recharge #blissedout #griefwork #italktoplants #herbalism #urbanshaman #selfcompassion #onemonthlater

Yesterday I did 2 meditations and 2 yoga classes. I knew what was coming and there was no stopping it. All you can do is, work to have a set of skills in place, because the #grief will come for you no matter what. I could post a picture of myself in a #yoga pose, but this is the real practice.
I found this photo on my recent visit home. Chris was one of my best friends and my first love. He shot himself with a gun that his dad had in the house. It was a senseless decision made in the heat of the moment, like most suicides and deaths by firearms. Here, he is the same age as my nephew. He never got to experience adulthood. Miss you Chris. #guncontrol #resistmarch #guns #griefwork

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Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
-William Martin
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#sagittariusmoon #fullmoonhowl #chargeyourcrystals #recharge #griefwork #napsareawesome #onemonthlater #death #godisalivemagicisafoot #poetry #blessings #earthaltar #wonder #fullmoonmagic #allthefeels

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