My grief experience
My book, "Companion in Grief," evolved after my late husband's death. He died suddenly at the age of 49, leaving me alone on a huge tree farm in rural Virginia. Our three dogs were my only regular companions, and my responsibility as their remaining human is what kept me trudging through. I wrote letters and journals as a way to survive the darkest of emotions. As time passed and I healed, my perspective on grief formed into a book that I hope brings peace to others who are grieving.
Love after loss
In time, I met a man who had also been widowed. He, too, was relying on his dogs to get him through until we got together and formed a family of seven: five dogs and two newly-happy humans. Staying open to love after loss speaks to our innate desire to live. No one is meant to grieve forever. Eventually, you notice the sun peeking through.
Photo: Trevy Thomas