A Broken Heart Can Kill

BrokenHeartOver the years, I have heard that a broken heart can be fatal. That is sad to know, so I want to learn more.

WebMD explains a condition called broken heart syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy. It results from the body’s response to severe stress or trauma. The condition resembles a heart attack so closely it is hard for anyone to tell the difference, but it can equally endanger life.  Continue reading

Heart and Moving Experiences

MovingHeartThis past weekend, I had two experiences that moved me and my heart.

The first one was attending a memorial service for a young person who died much too early in his life. My heart was (and still is) moved by the genuine caring and kindness many people showed the grieving family. We couldn’t change their loss, but we could and did give them our presence, and tender, kind words, hugs, handshakes, and touches on the arm. We reached out to them the best way we knew—we were there for them. The service gave all of us safe and caring time and place to just be in the loss.  Continue reading

Heart and Loss

SadHeartYesterday, I learned about a sudden and unexpected loss—a human loss—not a financial or material loss. It was a sad day. My heart ached.

It was also a day of realizing the fragility of life. It reminded me that as we live, we never truly know what will happen to us and those we care about. And it emphasized the reality that each day is a unique, valuable gift—it can’t be replaced.  Continue reading