Love from Santa Fe— #griefheart number 263

Love from Santa Fe

This was taken by my friend Tamara in Colorado from her recent visit to Santa Fe. Tamara lost her son, Logan, and we became friends having shared the morbid tragedy of losing a child.

This heart is so cool. And creative. It pays nice tribute to my creative genius, Charles.

What is the #griefheart project?

I explain my #griefheart read more

Dangling heart— #griefheart number 262

Dangling heart

When I was in Zurich this summer, I looked out my hotel window and spotted this and I immediately thought– “dangling heart.”

It feels that way sometimes. Like my heart is dangling precipitously over a giant hole and in danger of dropping into a crevice and getting buried, never to read more

Lived experience heart— #griefheart number 261

Lived experience heart

My mother-in-law bought this gift for me on her trek across country. She got this on her stop in Nova Scotia, Canada.

She shared the story of this #griefheart project and about Charles. The lady who sold it read more

Overdose heart 2017— #griefheart number 260

Overdose heart 2017
Overdose heart 2017

August 31 is Overdose Awareness Day and this #griefheart is in memory of those who have died from overdose. These are people I know of–some of whom are written about on this website– Blake Pearce, Bill read more

Love from Buffalo— #griefheart number 259

love from buffalo

Went to Buffalo, NY for a recent brain radiation surgery and on the way to the hospital, I spotted this. I found out Buffalo was the home of the famous chicken wings. Buffalo Wild Wings was Charles’ gourmet restaurant. Randy went to the original Buffalo wing restaurant while I was being read more

#URockProject heart— #griefheart number 258

#URockProject for Team Charles 2017

There is a project in Richmond, VA intended to spread joy in the darkness of struggle or loss called the #URockProject. Anyone who finds one of these rocks and is touched by the message can take it home to keep.

To everyone out there fighting the stigma of mental illness or adjusting to life after read more

Virginia is for lovers— #griefheart number 258

virginia is for lovers
Virginia is for lovers

This is my husband’s first #griefheart donation. He saw it while walking the dog in the neighborhood. This one resonates because Charles loved Richmond, Virginia.

When we had to send him away for therapeutic boarding school, he was homesick. He wanted to come home to Richmond.

When we sent him read more

Love locks— #griefheart number 257

For several years now, love locks have been considered one of Cologne’s most charming traditions. As proof of their love, couples fix padlocks to the railings on the Hohenzollern Bridge; to ensure everlasting love, they then throw the key into the Rhein river below.

The padlocks collectively read more

Beach glass heart— #griefheart number 256

This heart reminds me of all of our family beach vacations at the Outer Banks. Charles loved being with his cousins there. He didn’t love going in the ocean a whole lot and despite signing him up for swim lessons and more swim lessons, he refused to participate in them and as a result was read more