St. Zélie Martin and Overcoming Grief in Hope by MICHELE CHRONISTER – Article

“You know that the only hope of reunion is heaven, and with a renewed sense of purpose, you journey to heaven as a family. Your family life becomes divided, with one foot on Earth, and one in heaven.

Heaven can no longer be dismissed as “someday” if it is the present reality of a member of the family.”


Dear Dad…

Dear Dad,

I know we haven’t talked in awhile. I know you have done much of the talking with a broken heart. I know it’s difficult to understand life beyond, or what I would call life. I know pain and dysfunction seem to be far too common. I know you work so hard for Mom and the boys. I know you spend all your energy on running your race. I know you love God and you treat so many like an encounter with Him. I know you do a lot in the background. I know you have great dreams and goals. I know your character and I love watching you pass it onto your children. I know you have given so much. I know much of what you’ve given was for me. I know you still talk to me in the incredible sacrifices and virtue you practice in my name. I know your prayers. I know you love me. I know….

Watching you from beyond the veil is a pleasure for me. Not only do I know you, I know our Father as well. It is so amazing and so worth it, Dad. You will not believe it. You will love being here and even now you are being given so much purpose and strength to help you enjoy it all the more. I’m proud of you Dad. If I had lived longer I would have wanted to be just like you. But it turns out that I didn’t have to live long to experience your virtue and get a taste of what loving like Jesus on the Cross means. I think Christ’s love is a lot like the love of a father, full of sacrifice and strength… courage and love (even when it means heart-break). I hope you know that the love I experience from you, is a small, sweet taste of the love that your Dad in heaven has for you. “Do not be afraid,” you are so loved and WE are so proud of you. Can’t wait to show you all that I know someday!

I know we haven’t talked in awhile, but I talk about you everyday. Happy Father’s Day

Your biggest fan in heaven,

#lifeloveloss #happyfathersday #runtherace #thankfulfordad #ClarkJob#bereavedfathers

May 7, 2017

Today is International Bereaved Mother’s Day. I share it with far too many women, far too many friends. I wish there was no such thing, no need for this kind of pain, but I’m grateful to know the names of so many saints/children of God, my sweet Clark Job being one of them. I loved the time we had and will always ache for more. I admire his tenacity and life in the womb. I remember kissing his cheek like it was yesterday and have yet to feel anything softer than his perfect, newborn skin. His life is FOREVER imprinted on this mama’s heart and in memory of all the children who’ve passed before their parents, I will pray and praise God for our hope and life together in heaven. May God hold your bereaved hearts extra close today 💙 #ClarkJob #lifeloveloss#hopeinheaven #motherhood #lovebeyondthisworld


My Cup Runneth Over

“…Indeed, goodness and mercy will pursue me

all the days of my life;

I will dwell in the house of the LORD

for endless days.”
“My cup runneth over” when I dwell on how much He loves us in His sacrifice, but when I forget Him it overflows with anxiety, loneliness and despair. Today Psalm 23 reminded me that we are never meant to do it without Him. Appreciating that even the difficulties can mean His pursuit, can draw us closer to His love and mercy and eternal home. He wants our hearts! And with Him we need not fear anything. #hopeinheaven #donotbeafraid #lifeloveloss


Saint Therese of Lisieux Quote…

Reminds me of all the beautiful souls who’ve passed as children


“The good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; one ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make His flower bloom for eternity…”

-Saint Therese of Lisieux

April 17, 2017

“The Cross had asked the questions; the Resurrection had answered them…The Cross had asked: “Why does God permit evil and sin to nail Justice to a tree?” The Resurrection answered: “That sin, having done its worst, might exhaust itself and this be overcome by Love that is stronger than either sin or death.”

Death is not the end…. #thankyoujesus #blessedeaster #thankfulforeachday#clarkjob