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When I was young, my parents used to call me an open book.  I used to share everything that was on my mind.  But for the last decade or so, the real things that trouble me, or break my heart stay with me.  You probably find it hard to believe but I share the most in these letters to you.  You have been my one…
Christina
December 3, 2021

What Readers are Saying About the Letters

The letter has a way of magically being just what you need at the time you read it! It is always precisely authentic, real, and raw! Your Friday letter shadows the true walk in grief; loss; and LOVE.

Christy

I feel heard, comforted, and encouraged. Grief will not be the end of us.

Cheryl

It was my lifeline in the early years. Gave me courage and recognized my feelings were the same as others.

Ranie

The first letter I read of yours I had a feeling of relief. Relief that I wasn’t going mad, relief that this woman who I had yet to meet understood me, understood my inner feelings better than I did. Each letter continued to guide me and help me with the muddle of emotions and turn them into words. Words that I could finally relate to.

Annette

Peaceful… it brings peace and a smile to my heart and soul. We are never alone if we choose not to be.

Lillian

Each letter is a lovely, short story validating my thoughts and emotions. And it allows me to be ok with where I am in this grief.

Noriko

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Connective. The newsletter helps us know that others understand what we’re feeling and going through. And you prompt us to take action to move us through our grief. I love this weekly newsletter and have recommended it to many people.

Suzanne Layton

It was my lifeline in the early years. Gave me courage and recognized my feelings were the same as others. These past few years you have become so much more raw and real dear Christina. This has spurred me even further out of my comfort zone and helped me reconnect to life. Also knowing at the same time, it’s ok to feel the sorrow and take some self healing time. Recognizing this balance and yielding is so important. So glad much of my 10 year journey has been with you.

Ranie Walter Santee

Love the makeover! I have received your letters since the release of Second Firsts. I have always said they are like a lifeline that I still look forward to every week!!

Ruthie Lewis

The letter has a way of magically being just what you need at the time you read it! It is always precisely authentic real and raw! Your Friday letter shadows the true walk in grief; loss; and LOVE.

Christy Burke

I feel heard, comforted, and encouraged. Grief will not be the end of us.

Cheryl Thompson-Watkins

The first letter I read of yours I had a feeling of relief, relief that I wasn’t going mad, relief that this woman who I had yet to meet understood me, understood my inner feelings better than I did. Each letter continued to guide me and help me with the muddle of emotions and turn them into words. Words that I could finally relate to.
Thank you for each and every one.

Annette Gabbedey-Bowers

Each letter is a lovely, short story validating my thoughts and emotions. And it allows me to be ok with where I am in this grief.

Noriko Stern

Peaceful… it brings peace and a smile to my heart and soul. We are never alone if we choose not to be.

Lillian Ferri-Kennedy

Beautiful!! makes me feel less alone, lifts me up makes me understand all my feelings a little better. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Krissy Jackson

Comforted. I am always inspired by you and feel supported. I love your letters.

Linda Smith Izett

My daughter told me about your letters,, and some how i felt I wasn't doing it right,, through you, I found out there is NO certain way to do it,, and that I was doing OK, so thank you for that,, it helped more than you'll ever know.

Joyce Lavergne

It is like sitting on the deck in the warm sunshine with a cup of coffee and a deep meaningful conversation with your best, most true friend. It is a place where you can be vulnerable, raw, share and live.
I appreciate you so much and I am so glad I found you 6 years ago when my son moved on and you reinforced that and helped carry me 2 years ago when the person I was with walked out after 30 years for a very young girl. I survive.

Marnie Feicht Willer

It helps me to understand that I am not the only one going through all of these feelings, I share this letter every Friday to my old support group that I did and we still keep in touch. One of the ladies who is the administrator still does grief groups and I pass it on to her to help others Pay It Forward. Thank You so much for this gift.

Donna Brogni

Your letters are relatable and comforting. They confirm we are not alone in our feelings of loss. Thank you Christina, your words are real and beautiful!

Theresa O'Connor

I’ve been reading these every week since you started them. They provide comfort, clarity, and support.

Kizzy Riske

They always make me feel safe and appreciated.

Sharon Shazaroo Smith

"Healing in plural". Helps so much to know that others have similar feelings. Thank you.

Laura Lee

Comforting.

Shannon Bostwick

Introspective.

Laura Reed Toner
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