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How can I help my child/grandchild grieve the death of her/his pet?


On Sunday, my granddaughter, Anna, was walking her dog on a country road and a truck hit her pet, Inky. Inky died.

Immediately when I heard the news, I wrote her a text saying how sorry I was that her special “Inky” had died. But, I wanted to do more. I prayed for God to show me how else I might care for Anna in her grief.

What can we do to care for a family while their loved one is away serving our country?


The girl that grew up next door to us has been going through this. I usually talk to her once a week, and some of her friends do really nice things for her: They have helped her with car pooling her kids, and have invited her kids to dinner, but not her, so she had some time off. Two of her friends took her on a special weekend outing for her wedding anniversary, and her mom took take care of her kids.

Connecting With God


What is Prayer For? Connecting with God What is the purpose of prayer? One of my pastors, Jill Russell, said in a sermon, “We have asked and it has not been given. We have looked and have not found; we have knocked and the door was locked tight. We’ve prayed for healing for people who […]

With Hope the Odds Don’t Matter


I recently received this email from Cameron who was suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver for his wife, Heather, just after becoming a new father. Cameron tells his story of compassion and hope, then provides a link to a 3 minute video that further describes their journey.

Dear Karen:

I came across your blog and really identified with a lot of your writing. My name is Cameron and I was thrown into the role of caregiver when my wife, Heather, was diagnosed with a very rare and deadly cancer called mesothelioma, just three months after the birth of our only child.

What Dying of Breast Cancer is Teaching Me About How To Live

In a lot of ways, I’m like many 26-year-old women. I’ve been married for about a year. I have a job that I love at a nonprofit fund-raising organization. I want kids and a dog (not necessarily in that order). But there is one big difference between me and you: I know how I’m going to die.

A Touch of Hope – Part 1


How can we give a suffering person something to look forward to? Hope. How can we give them hope? Martin Luther King, Jr said, “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all.”

A Touch of Hope – Part 2

Do you know someone who is going through some dark days and needs a touch of hope?

A wonderful hospice nurse wrote a little book titled, ‘May I Walk You Home’. In it she says, “Even the littlest of hopes can bring a bit of joy on a dark day.” Help the person look forward to something.