Good Grief: 10 Ways to Honor a Loved One’s Death

Memorial Ideas : 10 Ways to Honor a Loved One’s Death

It surprises me every year at this time. We are finally settling into a school routine and a fall activity rhythm. I’ve hit my stride with my creative work and the groups I’m leading are kicking off. Then out of nowhere I start to get this slow ache deep in my soul.

Grief sneaks in.

And somehow my body and my soul know before my brain that this was the week. Three years ago, these were the final days when my husband was fighting for his life. My memory skids and careens and bumps over the memories. The call to hospice. The oxygen tank. The way my bedroom was turned into a hospital room. The desperate prayers whispered in the kitchen or the bathroom, in the darkest hours when none of us could sleep.

I prayed a prayer I never believed I could. I begged God to take him, to release him from his pain. I looked into his hazel eyes and told my beloved the girls and I would be ok.

And on September 9, 2014, my beloved husband soared to Heaven.

Dorina Lazo Gilmore
Dorina Lazo Gilmore
Dorina Lazo Gilmore is a published writer, speaker, and teacher. She blogs at about chasing God's glory through grief. She lives in Fresno, California with her husband and three daughters. Dorina loves to run marathons, visit the ocean, curl up with a book, or gather people around the table for delicious food. Find her on Twitter and Instagram as @DorinaGilmore.  

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