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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: SAY




This morning I went to the funeral visitation for a friend’s husband, who died suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday at age 55. As soon as I pulled into the parking lot of the church, my breath caught in my throat as I saw the hearse parked by the front door.

I parked my car, walked inside, and immediately got choked up.

How could this happen?

I can’t even imagine.

The first familiar face I saw was a mutual friend of the woman whose husband died — they’re best friends with each other, and this friend has been sleeping in a love seat at the grieving woman’s house all week.

As soon as I saw her, the tears came. We locked eyes, walked toward each other, hugged, and cried.

What could we say?

What happened was awful and tragic and shocking.

I turned and greeted my friend who had lost her husband. I hugged her and cried and all I could think to say was, “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”

What do you say to someone experiencing such a tremendous loss?

I’m better at writing than speaking, and I was honored to have the opportunity to pen two separate gift books especially for people experiencing heartbreaking situations like this.

Two days before I was planning to announce the release of these books, I received news of my friend’s husband’s sudden passing.

What do we say?

Here are two humble offerings that I hope and pray will bring some measure of comfort and hope to those who are experiencing trials difficult times:


prayer for comfort


Letters to Grief: Finding Healing and Comfort


101 Prayers for Comfort in Difficult Times




As a sneak peek inside, here’s a two-minute video of me reading the first letter from the book, Letters to Grief:



I hope these books are a blessing to you!




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