The Empty Seat

For families all across the world, this holiday season is uniquely special. Many families will join together this year after several holidays spent apart. While gathering safely is an amazing blessing, it may be combined with some unannounced emotions. Loved ones that celebrated with us in 2019 or even 2020 are no longer with us […]

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Grief Plus Hope= Rest and Replacements

Nine months ago I lost my best friend, my Snoopy, and my sister. I’m going to be very candid today because it still hurts. It took me a moment to realize what today was and even longer to bounce back to myself once I did. For 9 months I’ve been on a journey of hope […]

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Dear 2020,

Dear 2020, Can we please get to the good part? We are tired. Once again you have forced the world to grieve and we are tired. Recession and racism are at an all-time high. We are tired. At the same time disease and natural disasters are taking over the world. We are tired. In less […]

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Grace to Grieve

Today makes six months since my sister passed away. I’m going to try and be as transparent as possible today. This is the longest that I have ever been away from her and the forever part of grief is starting to kick in. Some days I have no idea how I have made it this […]

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My Hope Is Essential

The word essential has been embedded in the world’s vocabulary over the past 2-3 months. It has been used mainly to describe which occupations are absolutely necessary during this time of a deadly pandemic. These jobs must be of vital importance to the wellbeing or upkeep of the most critical needs of society. Everything that […]

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Meet the Girl Behind the Message of Hope

This is my sister and angel, Kayla. She is the reason Grief + Hope exists. Since this is her birthday month, I wanted to share some facts about Kayla. This is one of my family’s favorite pictures of Kayla because it embodies who she was to the fullest. As much as Kayla loved to look […]

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Hope Looks Like a Celebration

Today makes 4 months of my grief journey with hope. This month is particularly special in the journey because June is Kayla’s birthday month. On June 25 she will have her first heavenly birthday and I am determined to not be miserable. When saying that my mind immediately goes back to a conversation I had […]

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I Grieve with our Black Men with Hope

I grieve with and for our black men today… I came from a black man and his heart is broken. George Floyd could’ve been my father, my brother, my boss, my pastor, any of my friends. And that breaks my heart. Yesterday my father left home to go to work and I wasn’t calm or […]

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It Was All Part of the Plan

Many people have deemed me a strong person since my sister passed away 3 months ago. I’m eternally grateful that God is preserving me and presenting me with His strength to gracefully grieve. I have to be brutally honest and say there are some days I thank God for that strength and other times I […]

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Staying Sane in the Situation

Life always throws us different problems or situations that can cause us to lose hope or even our sanity. Your situation may not be grief! The world is dealing with the situation of COVID-19, and if that wasn’t enough you could still have a different situation! Now I’m no expert on sanity but when my […]