Healing Grief Through the Power of Endorphins

(An excerpt from my best-selling book, Healthy Healing) Sitting on a beautiful beach in Los Cabos, Mexico, I hit my personal rock bottom. I remember sitting there, looking out at the beautiful turquoise sea, and thinking that all I wanted to do was curl up and cry. For the first time in my entire life,

By |2019-12-03T13:59:10-05:00March 19th, 2019|1fw blog, grief, Health|0 Comments

Finding Magic and Becoming Your Own Superhero

The darkness will come, and it will envelop all that you are and take what feels like your very last breath to survive. It is all but guaranteed. Not one person escapes this life without personal pain and difficult days. We all know loss, we all learn grief. It may look different for each person

By |2019-03-19T15:40:11-04:00March 19th, 2019|1fw blog, grief, Health, Parenting After Loss|2 Comments

Living Without Those You Can’t Live Without

You are living without the person you can’t possibly have lost. The loneliness can't be captured in any word, phrase or song. It’s palpable, breathtaking and seemingly void of all reality. It’s cold, cruel and takes your heart to a level of pain you didn’t even realize existed before death laid its cold hand on

By |2020-02-14T13:12:26-05:00February 12th, 2019|1fw blog, grief, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Building Resiliency in Kids After Loss

The single hardest thing for me to accept on that fateful night after being told of his plane crash, where the many thoughts and fears that surrounded the lives of our small children. How would they survive without him?How would they ever be whole and happy again?How badly would they hurt for the rest of

By |2018-12-21T17:57:37-05:00December 21st, 2018|grief, Parenting After Loss, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Surviving The Holidays: 12 Tips For The Grieving

My late husband passed away in early October 2009, and within two weeks I dealt with my daughter’s third birthday. Six weeks after that was our first Thanksgiving without Mitch, and a month later, Christmas. Wow, talk about being hit with an emotional sledgehammer. The holidays are hard on people even without the added pain

By |2019-12-06T19:49:38-05:00December 20th, 2018|1fw blog, grief, Uncategorized|10 Comments

Stifled Grief: How The West Has It Wrong

The reality is you will grieve in some capacity for the rest of your life. Once loss touches you-you are forever changed despite what society tells you. Stop looking at the expectations of an emotionally numbed society as your threshold and measuring stick for success.By Michelle Steinke-Baumgard, ContributorOne Fit Widow After ten years of personal

By |2019-12-10T22:34:28-05:00December 17th, 2018|1fw blog, grief|10 Comments


BROWN EYED BOY My kids go to school about a mile from where my husband's plane went down. It’s an excellent school with a fantastic reputation, but for a few moments after Addy got a spot on the waiting list I had reservations about going there simply due to proximity. The airport is a busy

By |2018-11-18T17:10:14-05:00November 18th, 2018|1fw blog, grief, Parenting After Loss|0 Comments


I CAN’T FIX THIS My son was 13 months when he lost his father. He holds no memories of his daddy and never asks questions or brings him up. He is a happy, well-adjusted, smart, and lovable five years old. He just also happens to be a kid who’s dad died way too young. Truth

By |2018-11-18T16:38:03-05:00November 18th, 2018|1fw blog, grief, Parenting After Loss|0 Comments


He was one of the most important parts of my life for more than fifteen years. We traveled, we explored, we lived and loved. He made me his wife, and I made him my husband. We welcome two beautiful kids into the world, built a house and lived our dream. He held my hand when

By |2018-11-26T23:16:35-05:00November 18th, 2018|1fw blog, grief|3 Comments