Afterwards emerged from the experience of losing my mother when I was twenty-six. She passed away suddenly and life was divided into two distinct parts – the before and the after. Four years later, I invite you into my exploration of what it means to be a thirty year old, married, not-yet-with-children, still-needing-my-mom kind of woman, living Afterwards.

This place is meant to be a resource for those in the “in between” ages – early to mid adulthood – who are searching for material about grieving the loss of a parent. However, more than anything it is meant to create connection between all who have faced loss – whatever age or circumstance.  My hope is that whoever you are, you will find it a place to experience comfort, laughter, anger, tears, or whatever is begging to escape your soul, through reading the story of another or perhaps sharing your own.

The afterward is important – it is all that exists – so here’s to learning how to live it.

Afterwards Grief Blog - Jennelle Dippel


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