Best Laid Plans

Photo by: Cara Hope ClarkToday would have been Claude’s 65th birthday. Happy would have been Birthday Claude!When we fell in love and got married, our plan was to grow old together. See our son evolve and grow as he emerged into adulthood…best laid plans.But as we all know, our constant companion is change. There is … More Best Laid Plans

Dreams Unfolding

Hello dear soul, Photo By: Cara Hope Clark Are you like me? Taking time this week before we ring in 2022, to reflect on this past year. It goes without saying that 2021 has brought for all of humanity a time filled with overwhelming change and challenges. We may ask ourselves: what does this mean … More Dreams Unfolding

You Can Make a Difference

Photo By: Cara Hope Clark Hello dear friends, I thought I would pause my flurry of book launch craziness for a quiet celebratory moment.  I have been actively sharing launch posts all week on my FB and Instagram pages. In case you have missed those, I wanted to share this most exciting news with you! … More You Can Make a Difference

The Birth of Widow’s Moon

It’s official—I am beyond proud and grateful to announce that my BIG day has arrived!  After nine years of gestation, the birth of my book, Widow’s Moon, A Memoir of Healing, Hope & Self-discovery Through Grief and Loss will be born into the world on Monday, July 26!  You may ask yourself, what does she mean by nine years of … More The Birth of Widow’s Moon

Widowhood: Your Badge of Courage

Honoring International Widow’s Day No woman ever expects to find herself donning the veil of “widowhood”. We hope and pray that this particular human experience will pass us by. Yet there are so many of us who have found themselves living within this unimaginable reality, seemingly without end. It’s been mine for nine years and … More Widowhood: Your Badge of Courage

Remembering Mom After Ten Years

  Last week I was standing in my kitchen when my heart sank as I remembered that February 28, 2018 will be the ten-year anniversary of my moms’ passing. I also realized that both mom and Claude died in leap years, what are the chances! Tears instantly filled my eyes and I soon found myself … More Remembering Mom After Ten Years

Valentine’s Day: Opening Our Hearts Again To Love

Valentine’s Day seems innocent enough but for those of us who have lost a beloved sweetheart the thought of Valentine’s Day approaching is not something we take lightly. Our hearts have been shattered and this manufactured day serves as another reminder that they are gone. Feeling that void can seem overpowering and suffocating to our … More Valentine’s Day: Opening Our Hearts Again To Love

Holding The Duality Within

I spent the last few months of 2017 working on my first book where I have been detailing my journey through grief since my husband’s suicide in 2012. At years end I was feeling rather in awe and exhilarated about what I had accomplished. I took a few weeks off over the holidays and now … More Holding The Duality Within

Tending To Our Grief & The Holiday Blues

This will be my sixth Christmas since my husband Claude’s suicide. Over time my heartache has lessened considerably. But I will always feel the pain of his absence in the recesses of my heart. With each year it has become abundantly clear that making a conscious choice to take care of myself around the holidays … More Tending To Our Grief & The Holiday Blues

Grief And Gratitude This Thanksgiving

I have been working on my memoir over the past few months, writing about my experiences since my husband Claude died by suicide over five years ago. On the surface as I have faced this unimaginable loss it might appear that feeling any sense of gratitude would be elusive or unattainable. However, as I review … More Grief And Gratitude This Thanksgiving