Living the List: The Grand Canyon

I have this list of brave and bold adventures I do in honor of my late husband, Mitch. My list has evolved since his death in 2009 and with my marriage to my husband Keith it has become even more adventurous than before. This list is a way I honor my past while moving boldly into my future. By completing this list, I claim my life as my own and live with a desire never to give up after a (read more…)

Living Jason’s List

When Anna lost her husband Jason in a hiking accident she was 6 months pregnant with their first child. She had no idea how she would continue to live everyday without him, let alone raise their child without him. Yet Anna also knew from the beginning that she needed to live life to the fullest: I have said from the moment this happened that I had to figure out a way to make sure our child wasn’t set up for (read more…)

Life After Loss by Andrea Ash

Late in 2015, the Live The List Nonprofit was contacted by a widow named Andrea who wanted to see how she could help the Nonprofit raise funds in support of our mission. We felt truly blessed that Andrea, a professional fundraiser, would be so generous with her time and expertise, particularly since the loss of her husband occurred just over a year ago. But Andrea’s desire to help others hasn’t stopped with her offer of help to Live The List. In this (read more…)

Surviving the Holidays – 11 Tips for the Grieving

My late husband passed away in early October 2009 and within two weeks I dealt with my daughter’s 3rd birthday, six weeks after that was our first Thanksgiving without Mitch and a month later – Christmas. Wow, talk about being hit with an emotional sledgehammer.  The holidays are hard on people even without the added pain of grief.  Please know, there is NOTHING anyone can do to fix your pain. You also need to know that your pain is real, (read more…)

Living the List

It seemed so daunting to consider doing it without him but I knew it was my only choice. From the beyond I could feel his approval as I picked up the pen and started to write our List. Mitch had the heart of an explorer. My late husband loved the mountains and the ocean, and wanted to leave no stone unturned across the globe. In our 9 years of marriage and 15 years together we had climbed many mountains, swam (read more…)

Michelle’s Morning Meditation

For all of 2015 Michelle has been inspiring people to make the most of each day.  Today, day number 323 she wrote an inspiring little message to help people truly realize how important it is to those who have passed that we continue to live. Michelle’s Morning Meditation  Walk with me on a short journey this morning to a beautiful bench overlooking a calm and tranquil bay. You sit on a bench and take in the warm air, the colorful (read more…)

Help: Someone Died!! What Do I Say And Do?

I posted this on Facebook on November 17, 2015 and within a day it had been seen by over 1 million people and shared over 6k times. So I figured it was time to put it in a blog so it can be referred to again and again. You want a simple and quick list to review when the time applies to you and yours… it is. Let me give a few tips for those who don’t know how to (read more…)

Your Children Will Be Okay….

My baby girl turned nine recently. She was just a few weeks from turning three when her father passed away, and I will remember the moment I told her about her father’s death until the day I die. It was without question one of the most painful moments of my life. She was so young and innocent yet so profoundly aware of her loss. She took it all in; she cried, and then she picked herself up and went along (read more…)

Save Space

This is going to be my second Mother’s Day since my husband suddenly left this earth. My husband, Rob made Mother’s Day very special. Not in the way that some women expect the day to go….with bouquets, diamonds and jewelry. He wanted me to do whatever I needed that day. He encouraged me to go for a long run and take time for myself. Yet, I did the same thing every year! I spent my day with my little family. (read more…)

A Father Taken

A Father Taken by Alyssa Megin It is the ghost of her past Coming back to her She is dragged by her feet As she screams and kicks the ground Greeting the face of death And in the light she sees All of her life’s tragedies The red and black pain She melts into an ocean of sadness as the tears sweep her away She remembers the feeling of a life that has gone astray She does not call it (read more…)