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…There has to be a language….a way through grief, a guide for the heart.


Notes and love coming through as I reach for materials that feel right.  They are all the delicate ones in these tender moments….like waves on a quiet shore, washing, one after another, over my heart.

 The voice of my future calling me from images on the table now. ….an intimate language of shapes and textures tethered to deep, internal places  lit only by trust.


The loss of a soulmate throws us into deep waters, makes us swim when we are spent and throws us onto the sand of a new island home before we are ready.

 ‘Go forward’ the voice says…..even one step at a time. ‘Take care and go forward with sunscreen and good shoes’…..the voice says.

You have always been my tether, as I sailed into the skies....always bringing back stories to share. Now, as I head out with my new kite in hand, the voices I had always thought were others…are now familiar as my own.

A gift I can only repay going forward with deep gratitude. Diane


  • Jan Lobban: June 09, 2019

    Thank you for this beautiful work and poem. I too am surrounded with loss, but not a soulmate. Grieving is necessary work, just has to be done…..but as we know it is such a sign of love and therefore very welcomed. I have received wisdom on this from the teachings of Stephen Jenkinson, a wise Canadian man who teaches on death and love and grieving. May you be directed to him and his works if this is relevant for you.

  • Rochelle: June 06, 2019

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family.
    May your new kite still receive a gentle breeze from your beloved when needed.

  • Claudia Little: June 06, 2019

    Reading the above tribute to Bill, I was filled with admiration for how you have always honored Bill and continue to do so with your work. He was so proud of you and honored to be your partner – as I am honored to call you my friend.

  • Ramona Houdek: June 05, 2019

    The loss of a loved one is so very hard. Sending you prayers. Also, hang on to your kite, for your new normal… you never know where Bill will guide you….

  • Judy: June 05, 2019

    So very sorry for your loss. You are such a strong, vibrant and creative person, may the knowledge that there is a greater plan for each of us allow you to just be in joy. Thank you for sharing your gifts and graces.

  • Darcy Berg: June 05, 2019

    Cherish the moments that brought you joy. Hold them close to your heart. They will sprout and grow around you and cloak you in tender love.

  • Martha : May 24, 2019

    Diane – sending you love and hugs. I admire your ability to lean in and do the work of grief. Martha

  • Ardis Bucy: May 12, 2019

    You are such a strong person, an admirable example of how to live a positive life and caring beyond measure. I am so grateful to have been in your presence. Sometimes, life is not fair but the strong carry on to greater heights. But you know that. It is not yet time for you to feel that. Because of your gift of caring, you are now surrounded with a vast community ready to support and love. Thank you, Diane, for all that you have given me.

  • Stephanie: May 10, 2019

    May your kite fly strong and land safely, though these turbulent times.

  • Lynn: May 08, 2019

    Oh my, Diane. So lovely and poignant and courageous and real. My heart aches for you and hopes for you. And my heart remembers Bill with deep love and gratitude. Blessings on you and for this new part of your journey.♥️

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