23 years ago…

To my beautiful, courageous baby sister, 23 years ago on the 11th of June, I became a very proud big sister. I don't remember too much since I was only four and a half, but I do remember how excited I was to finally meet you. I remember mom letting me listen to her belly…

Why do bad things happen to good people?

I'm sure you've all heard this question (and, perhaps, even asked this question): why do bad things happen to good people? It's so easy to ask this question especially when you see so many good people hurting--young lives lost, miscarriages, divorces, sudden and traumatic losses, loss of a job, and the list just keeps on…

When the Going Gets Tough…

OK, confession time--For those who think I'm rock solid and exude enormous amounts of strength, hopefully this confession I am about to make will make me seem more human in your eyes--I am tired of being strong. I have been so focused on being the strong one that I have not allowed myself to feel…

The Many Faces of Grief: the Holidays

When you've lost someone you love, the holidays can be a difficult time. This is the time you spend with people you love, and when one is missing, it feels empty. It's just not the same without him or her.┬áThis will be my second Christmas without Jake. It's not easier, but God has made me…

The Many Faces of Grief: Introduction (Part 1)

In one of my rehab counseling classes, we have to do an advocacy project: we can advocate for an individual, a group of people, or the profession of rehabilitation counseling. Well, guess which group of people I selected? You guessed it.... people experiencing grief and loss in their life. So, I decided to do a…

Reflections…

Dear Jake,Has it really been a year? In some ways it feels much longer than a year and in other ways it still feels like yesterday that you were here on this earth being your goofy Texas self. Oh, babe, how I miss you. I miss everything about you. And I still love you so…

The Dash

The Dash--it's the small dash between the date of birth and the date of death. How do you sum up a person's whole life with such little space? Better yet--how do you sum up Jake Rush's life and who he was in just a few words? Well... here's the outcome...Jake Rush was a Husband, Son,…