Bob and Diane

Bob and Diane

Heartlight had been an enormous help to me on my grief journey. It helped with coping strategies. It helped me learn that I’m not alone…that others feel the way I am feeling. I have made new friends who are on a grief journey as well and we all help each other. The journey is often “one day at a time….one foot in front of the other” and I could not do it without Heartlight.  

Toni and John

Toni and John

My husband, John, passed away suddenly after 43 years of marriage.  Together, we raised 5 boys, 2 biological and 3 foster-adopt.  Our house was lively, and full of energy (and soccer balls).  Once the boys were adults, we continued to have a close and loving relationship, riding our bikes and enjoying being together. Suddenly, I was thrust into a life I never expected, and the tsunami of grief was unbearable.  My grief counselor recommended Heartlight, and I attended my first meeting with much trepidation, but knowing that  I had to use every possible resource in order to move forward.  I was warmly welcomed by Jennifer McBride and the members of the Widow/Widower Education and Support Group. Members of this group have become my partners on the path of grief and...

David and Judy

David and Judy

I lost my wife in 2013 after a short battle with cancer. We met in our teens and married shortly thereafter so we grew up together and then raised a family. Life with her was the only life I knew and she became my primary purpose for living. She was everything to me. After I lost her I was totally despondent, depressed, angry etc. In other words a total wreck and stuck in grief. I tried everything I could think of or suggested to ease the pain and move forward but nothing was helping. The short term grief support programs were helpful while they lasted but I needed more-much more! Then a very wise Hospice counselor suggested I try the ongoing Heartlight Center grief support program. By then I was desperate and figured I had nothing to lose by trying it. To my...

Steve and Joyce

Steve and Joyce

Heartlight has helped me profoundly following the loss of my wife Joyce in June 2013. I knew on the first night at Heartlight, about three weeks after Joyce died, that I had found a sincerely welcoming community, the members of which I soon thought of as brothers and sisters in grief. These people knew what I was experiencing, and they shared from their hearts, each one grounded in a particular “distance” in time from losing their spouse. This let me know that there was life still to be lived – others were living proof – and that surviving my loss was in fact possible despite how much pain I felt. I appreciated that group attendance was large but not such that I ever felt that there was not enough time for everyone. Also, there was a range...

Leanna and Tam

Leanna and Tam

Tam Bentley, June 2, 1962 – November 6, 2014 “Thank you Heartlight for helping me keep my feet on the ground while my head was in shock and my heart was in heaven.” Leanna

Peggy and Michael

Peggy and Michael

On August 5, 2015, the unthinkable happened.  I lost my husband, Michael, to cancer–after 29 years of marriage.  We were a strong couple.  We had fun together and fully enjoyed our lives together. Was it a sudden shock?  No, we had 3 years together after his diagnosis.  So it wasn’t sudden, but it was a shock none the less.  I don’t know if you can actually prepare yourself…   Without the companionship of Jennifer McBride and HeartLight, I don’t know how I would have muddled through the 9 months since that day.  On the advise of Denver Hospice, I began attending Wednesday night widow groups, twice a month, soon after he died.  Oh, the pain of sharing my story was so difficult.  But Jennifer knew it was what was needed, for all...

Maggie and Alejandro

Maggie and Alejandro

In 2013, I lost my husband, Alejandro, to cancer. Grieving is so difficult and overwhelming and unlike anything I’ve had to deal with before. At HeartLight Center, I found comfort in the total openness and understanding of other people who had experienced similar loss. My family and friends are loving and sympathetic, but the people who listen to me at HeartLight really understand my loss and my grief. It is an incredibly welcoming place where I feel completely free to express my grief openly—which is so important and helpful—and listening to others’ stories helps me work through my understanding of my own story. Maggie