Category Archives: Bereavement poems & essays

A Letter To My Wounded Child

A few months after Joan died I wrote this letter to my Inner Child. I re-read it frequently during the next several months. It was very comforting. My Dearest Child, I know you are hurting and you cry a lot. … Continue reading

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Julius Blank – A Remembrance

I met Julius Blank in a hospice bereavement group. In the Fall of 2007, a few months after my wife died, I joined a bereavement group sponsored by Pathways Hospice of Sunnyvale. Week by week we met in a Lutheran … Continue reading

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The poem is not your own …

The poem is not your own. It is a gift from your Self. Therefore, do not be proud or boastful, But grateful for the gift. When you read it Remember your inner partner, Your secret lover Who will assist you … Continue reading

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My Favorite Time of Day

My favorite time of day Is when I return from My morning walk. I am tired, but pleasantly so. I make coffee, light my pipe, And sink into my big blue chair. Sometimes I think about Joan, Sometimes not. Sometimes … Continue reading

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going Home, a pilgrimage through grief

going Home – Introduction: This poem was originally delivered to a hospice gathering. Good afternoon. My name is Tom Hodges. I would like to share with you today a poem that I wrote in memory of my wife, Joan Hodges, … Continue reading

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A Storm in a Valley: A Parable

┬áThe death of a loved one is like a storm in a valley. The thunder and lightning and rain seem to proclaim that everything that we hold most dear has been lost. Our vision is obscured by tears and our … Continue reading

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The Family

The family arrived in Spokane on Thursday. The rain that day matched our mood, for we had gathered to mourn the passing of our family patriarch: husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, father-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, friend. The service on Friday was … Continue reading

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