Widowing Empty Nests

It’s OK That You Are OK

June 22, 2024 1 Comment

16th December 2023 Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash I am an avid and active fan of Megan Devine’s work – whether her 30 Day Writing Your Grief programme, which I have participated in and facilitated many times; her Grief Care Programme for Professionals; her Journal “How To Carry What Can’t Be Fixed”; and of […]

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The Ubiquitous, Universal Language of Grief and Loss

June 22, 2024 4 Comments

Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash 11 December 2023 A friend of mine, N.O, wrote me a note the other day. She said, “Emma – I read your post on LinkedIn about the death of one of the residents at the hospice and your thoughts about it. I appreciate that you speak and write about […]

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Precious, Peaceful Bubble of Not-Knowing

June 22, 2024 1 Comment

Image by Marina Raspopova on Unsplash 7th December 2023 I no longer remember if some of this is a real or imagined story – but my memory tells me that – during the short timeframe when Mike and I knew something was “not quite right” with his insides, when he was getting some appointments and […]

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Another Life. Ended. Another Life. Beginning.

June 22, 2024 1 Comment

Main photo my own – taken yesterday 2 December 2023 while out and about. 3 December 2023 I am just back home from working a Sunday night shift at the hospice. I am full of wonderings and ponderings. One of the residents, a man called H, died early this morning. He is about my age. […]

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Gracious Gifts of Julia Grace

June 22, 2024 1 Comment

Main photo by CB 22nd November 2023 Julia was named Julia because… well… a bit of a long story, really, but the shortened version is that I had wanted to name her either Allegra or Olivia (if she was to be a girl)… And after she was born, whether at 5 am, or into the […]

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Hallowe’en Musings

June 22, 2024 No Comments

Image by Freestocks on Unsplash 31 October 2023 I didn’t know it was Hallowe’en (*) – hadn’t remembered it was Hallowe’en, at least – until I typed in today’s date. But Hallowe’en it is. I should perhaps think of letting my pet sitters back at home know that there will be a stream of kiddies […]

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Mike and Medjool Fusion Holiday

June 22, 2024 2 Comments

All photos my own – taken in Catania, Sicily, today (or else, as indicated, back in 1992) 7th October 2023 I am in Sicily. Alone not alone. Alone in that I have come away unaccompanied. Not alone in that there are the island’s usual residents, plus more than a handful of tourists. Last time I […]

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A Non-Ordinary Friday

June 22, 2024 3 Comments

Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash 16th September 2023 In early January 2023, I had dinner with a couple of friends from my “end of life” circle. At that dinner, as well as bravely avoiding all contact with alcohol (dry January and all), I fell with delightful curiosity and intrigue into at least two, new-to-me, […]

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So – I Didn’t See Any Swans

June 22, 2024 No Comments

Main image by Dype Official on Unsplash. All other photos my own 10th September 2023 Race Event day + one. My lower back is achy. I can feel my tight thigh muscles, and know they will be all the tighter tomorrow, event day + two. But otherwise, all good. Better than good. I feel enthused, […]

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My Biggest Little Trail Run

June 22, 2024 No Comments

Photos my own, taken today 8th September 2023 Fellow Griefling, poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, whose daily poems keep me both grounded with the earth and connected to the stars through her exquisite words, sometimes introduces her poems with a line like, “short big poem” or “very short poem” or even, “very very short poem”. I […]

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