“Uninvited Gifts”

Zane was 16 and ill with bone cancer for one year before he went on to his heavenly home. I remember so clearly being by his side as he made his transition. That was the most sacred moment in my life and one I will never forget.

I had cared for him so intently and lovingly through that year. Even though I knew he was very ill, I had no idea what experiences awaited me after his passing.

Amid all of the gut wrenching sadness I have come to know there are many uninvited gifts in my new life now without Zane as a result of walking through grief.

One of the gifts I have experienced is living from the heart. Perhaps like you, the experience of grief stabbed me right in the heart. As my broken heart continues to heal, my love remains for Zane even stronger than ever. I now know that experiencing life close to the heart in everything I do is a rich place to live.

I love horses. I love to ride, train and show. I love to coach others. I now also love to support others in the most gentle, quiet way I can in their grieving process.

We are all thrust into a healing journey from loss that we would never have chosen for ourselves, but we are not alone.

May this community support you … may you know you are not alone … and may we together find some uninvited gifts in our healing journey in this new chapter in our lives.

#grief #loss #healing #horsesheal #uninvitedgifts

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7 Comments on “Uninvited Gifts”

  1. sally labree on Wed, 11th May 2016 9:01 pm
  2. quietly I read your words, gently the tears still flow, and yet I too have uninvited gifts from the path I would never have chosen for myself, Bless you for your words, may they bring healing to many.

  3. Judy Barker on Tue, 17th May 2016 6:35 pm
  4. How appropriate that I received this email on May 11th, 2016. My husband passed away that day at 9:30. I have just began my path to healing, I am still trying to recover from the last 3 years of caring for him and watching him fight to remain with me, but the cancer won. My wish is to remember our good times together; his smile, his laugh, his love for me. Bless you for sharing your feelings and allowing me to share mine.

  5. Barbra Schulte on Tue, 17th May 2016 7:24 pm
  6. Blessings to you, Judy.

  7. Barbra Schulte on Tue, 17th May 2016 7:24 pm
  8. Thank you, Sally for your note. Barbra

  9. Sherry on Mon, 23rd May 2016 10:51 pm
  10. My uninvited gift happened 05.21.11 … it’s been 5 years since the auto crash, am lucky to have survived, walk, talk, but have pains in my head/neck that will last forever. Life has taken a road I would not have chosen, so I deal w/ it the best I can. Every day is a gift; every breath a blessing. I’ve upped my game on critical & creative thinking techniques … doing the best I can w/ what I have … +

  11. karen on Sat, 28th May 2016 5:42 pm
  12. I have looked at your site many times for healing words over the past year. I lost my beautiful mare, Belle, to an evil disease, Pythiosis, aka Swamp Cancer. It was a 10 month battle for both of us that entailed constant cleaning, wrapping and searching out all possibilities to keep her comfortable. Belle was my partner since her birth 11 years ago. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that pond water would claim her life. The days are a little easier now even though the grief is still there but not constant. As with all things, time will make things better. Thank you for your encouraging words Barbra, these are just what I needed.

  13. Phyllis Jess on Wed, 5th Oct 2016 5:20 pm
  14. Oh, I have read this before………….but it’s “new” every time I read it………….I can’t even imagine………but reminded of the faith and promises GOD give us for each day…….thank you for sharing your ‘heart’ and feelings ………and your wisdom that, of course includes our horses…………Love you much, Phyllis

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