Letters from the Heart


Was ever grief like mine? George Herbert

Heartfelt Letters
A Sacred Trust

I first started adding grief pages to my author web site in 2006 after the death of my mother. Since then I have received many heartfelt and poignant E-mails from fellow grievers. I try to answer every one. Topics often come up that are not covered in the main body of this web site. I include them here in Letters from the Heart.

Self magazine reports that about 2.5 million people die in this country every year, leaving behind an average of five loved ones. That's a lot of souls in pain. Grief is not a straight and narrow path. Some of us gradually move forward with our lives on our own; others benefit from a support group and/or spiritual guidance--and lots of us find comfort in an online community.

I am humbled that visitors to my site have trusted me with their inner most thoughts and feelings. I will honor that sacred trust. Because grief makes us fragile and vulnerable, I am not sharing actual letters that grievers have sent me over the years. The notes are too private. Instead, I am posting a brief summary of personal circumstances and my response. All the grievers' names have been changed to protect their privacy.

You will also find responses from Marty Tousley, a certified bereavement counselor. I forward some E-mails to her when I believe that the response calls for something outside the scope of personal caring. I will add more letters over time, so please visit again.

Go to next page: Prolonged Grief / Sudden Death

There is no way out, only a way forward.
Micheal Hollings

April 2019


Why can’t I find a page or link that used to be here?

Over the last eleven years, The Grieving Heart® meandered into many topics and lost its purpose. I have deleted 40 pages to bring it back to the original focus of grief and helping grievers.

Web addresses come and go and I cannot guarantee the accuracy, safety or longevity of third-party (external) sites. Adding links by request, or finding and fixing broken links are massive time consumers, so I have deleted many outside sources and will limit additions in the future. The external links that remain are checked on a regular basis and related to grief, helping grievers and pet loss. 

I will continue to honor and remember veterans and fallen soldiers because it is the least I can do for those who have given so much.

I hope that my renewed attention to grief information will make The Grieving Heart® a better experience and comfort for you. Thank you for visiting. CJ



 My E-mail:

Christine at The Grieving Heart dot info 

A Word About E-mail: One way to decrease SPAM caused by Internet bots is to deactivate the live address link. You can still contact me by typing this address into your own e-mail program using @, a period, and no spaces, the standard e-mail format. Thank you.

Note to Visitors:
I read and respond to grief email at the end of each month when I update this site. If you need a more timely response, please visit a well moderated grief healing discussion group. It is free to use and requires registration to participate. I am not part of this group, but certified grief counselors are there to help, support and comfort grievers and those who love them. Because the counselors lost funding for the site, they are grateful for voluntary donations.
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How complicated and individual mending is,
the time required for healing
cannot be measured against any fixed calendar
Mary Jane Moffat
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