Grief arrives as does the harsh, unwelcomed winter.

We resist the next season of our life

Trying to hold on to the familiar & cherished.

We cling to our tree of life as though we were a leaf perched to a branch on a winter’s day.

Alone in our journey, we fight to survive and retain our identity.

We don’t want to change nor surrender to the ominous fate ahead

Yet, we were not capable of stopping death from arriving,

Mother Nature’s plan is far stronger than we.

Fate is inevitable

When we grieve, we look out on a familiar world that has now become unrecognizable.

Instead of snow, our view is covered with a blanket of sorrow.

Our world has changed 

Fighting like silent warriors, we struggle to withstand the winds of change.

We cannot hold on to the world we had

We are not the same as we once were.

Like a leaf that changes color, we too have had a chemical reaction to destiny.

Eventually we must accept our fate

Slowly, as this new season of life continues to batter us, our familiar self slips away.

Do we fall crashing to the ground?


Do we lift off in the wind and find a new home?

Thankfully we have choices 

Remember that you are worthy of a new season.

One where you shall dare to find happiness once more.

Look for the changing winds and share your stories below.

Forever evolving.



On May 20, 2014, Susan’s world came crashing down. Her 54-year old husband passed unexpectedly of a heart attack. The years since have been a whirlwind of emotion, trauma & joy (yes, she said joy, thanks mostly to the birth of her grandchildren).

Over the next 5 years, Susan experienced additional heartache following the death of her dad & both of her brothers. She knew her only way to make sense of all her grief was to find a way to use her experiences to help others.

Now, armed with a grief educators certificate from David Kessler, a coaching certificate, her learned experience and inspiration she has set out to make a difference in the lives of the bereaved.

Living with loss is a lifetime challenge. When someone dies, friends and family rally around the bereaved for a short time. Soon after, the conversation changes from one of comfort to one of anticipation and judgement. The bereaved are given a time frame to “get over it”. This antiquated notion leaves no option but to grieve in silence. Often silence can become isolating and cause mental and physical health issues.

Susan educates society on how to help those who are grieving by using her voice to speak up and share her learned and lived knowledge.

Susan encourages collaboration and dialogue so please reach out to her at evolve beyond grief on her website, Facebook and Instagram.