Stories by Kelly Griffith


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You’re Not Alone: Braving the Long Journey of Grief

Grief is a long journey that can often appear lonely. Sometimes, we need to stop, take notice of what’s around us and find comfort in the companionship.

12/12/2017 - Kelly Griffith
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Peace and Purpose

Knowing we are part of a family – albeit one we never wanted to join, but one we are so glad exists – is the foundation of our ability to find purpose.

10/16/2017 - Kelly Griffith
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3 Reasons Why Posting "Sad" Things to Social Media Doesn't Mean I'm Stuck in My Grief

How could anyone think that posting a photo of my brother’s headstone on social media is not OK? That I’m somehow stuck in my grief?

8/4/2017 - Kelly Griffith
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Making the Trip

After my brother Sam died, I felt myself in need of a GPS. I felt completely lost in a world where others just seemed to zoom by so fast.

7/12/2017 - Kelly Griffith
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5 Ways to Honor the Fallen This Memorial Day

Here are some ways you can get involved and honor all those who have served and died in addition to enjoying summer’s unofficial start.

5/25/2017 - Kelly Griffith
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Sharing Your Story: Healing Through The Media

As long as you aren’t crying so hard that it hinders you from sharing your story, it’s all right to keep going.

10/1/2016 - Kelly Griffith
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Re-envisioning Our Resolutions: Grief Requires Grace

Coming from a military family culture where we "walk it off" and "rub some dirt on it," we don't always allow ourselves time to move forward with gentleness.

4/1/2016 - Kelly Griffith
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Book Shelf: Surviving the Holidays Without You: Navigating Grief During Special Seasons

In this easy to read book, hospice chaplain and bereavement specialist Roe shares how you can move through the holidays with your loved one in a new way.

12/21/2015 - Kelly Griffith
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Following In My Brother's Footsteps

I was 10 years old the first and last time I asked my brother, Sam, if I could go on a run with him.

10/25/2015 - Kelly Griffith
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Intention Setting

How could I ever plan for a future without by brother here to motivate me in the tough moments and help me celebrate my victories?

6/21/2015 - Kelly Griffith
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To Watch or Not To Watch

After viewing a film, it's important to be able to talk about your emotions with friends and family. TAPS is available 24/7 to offer support, call 800-959-TAPS.

12/21/2014 - Kelly Griffith
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Cold Hands, Warm Hearts

Sitting on the plane from Seattle to Anchorage, my heart was a mix of emotions. I was headed for the TAPS siblings retreat in beautiful Alaska in February 2013.

3/21/2014 - Kelly Griffith