Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.

Tragedy keeps coming upon us over and over, threatening to drown us in our tears. It's overwhelming how much has happened and I feel like I can barely recover some balance before another wave comes to try to knock me down.

I know I am not alone in feeling like we have been hit with so many sad and frustrating moments in the last few months. Most recently the senseless deaths of those innocent people shot in Florida in one of the worst mass shootings here in America.

Many of us turn to music to soothe out pain and even the music world has suffered traumatic losses that left many, like myself, sad and asking how people who seem larger than life can be gone.. dead by something so normal.

Even the strongest of us, the legends of strength like Muhammad Ali, have fallen recently. Now we stand in grief asking how much more can we take?

Maybe you haven't been touched by it personally, but it is hard to miss when you look beyond your doors to see the look of sadness, of grief, of loss that many of us are feeling right now.

Personally, I've lost both of my birth parents within 6 months of each other.  I had to put my beloved kitty, Cleo, down a few weeks ago.  A friend of mine lost her husband last week, a kind man that I had the pleasure of meeting a few times. Pets, parents of my friends, family members, and more have left this earth recently and left me just gasping for air as I try to wrap my head around all of this death.

For the next couple of weeks, here on Dancing With Fireflies, we will feature articles on dealing with grief, finding a new sense of normality after difficult times, and even some recipes for comfort foods that hopefully will bring you some joy if cooking helps.

My heart goes out to those families who have lost someone they loved in Orlando this week.  It also goes out to the thousands of other lives that were lost in tragic ways around the world.  Grief is everywhere and overcoming it takes time.

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