How to Respond When a Young Person Dies

Michael George Smith, Jr.’s body was discovered hanging from a tree in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. It was not a public lynching as many people feared. It was a suicide. He was young. He was gay. Michael believed the only way he could silence the emotional...

Lessons from My Dog About Relationships

“Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move towards the unknown,” wrote Paulo Coelho, author of By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, “even when we don’t want to and we think we don’t need to.” My dog, Ellie, turned 12 one month ago. She was a little grayer...

Grief, Change, and Resurrection

The past is stubborn. It cannot be changed. However, we are changed by the chain of moments that touch our lives and the lives of those around us.Change transforms us and invites resurrection.One month ago, I was invited to facilitate a presentation about Tough...

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