You Can’t Hold It In, So Let It Out

We CAN hold some of it in.

For awhile.

In certain circumstances.

And barring additional stress.

But not forever.


So let it out.

Speak your truth and tell your story.

If others don’t understand or turn away or give you the evil eye, ignore them.

This isn’t their story-to tell or to live.

It’s yours.



Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

6 thoughts on “You Can’t Hold It In, So Let It Out”

  1. Hi Melanie😇
    I’ve been thinking about you!
    Thanks for sharing even during the toughest days! It’s 7 more days till my memory journey starts once again…9 years ago seems like a lifetime & yesterday all in the same minute. Today we attended the funeral, of a dear family friend & former employee, who was 42 & father of 4. His wife asked me if I thought she would be able to keep going & make it without him.💔
    You’ve given me courage to hold my head up and march on! I still think back to the retreat & everything you taught me…it’s like an oasis in my memory. May God bless you for sharing cool sips of water💖

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  2. My story has gotten so messy since my son died in 2012 that I have a hard time acknowledging it to others. My silence seems to protect me from “Job’s friends”. Trying to face up to it all …… maybe then I can own it.

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    1. Jacob2012blog, you have to find some friends you can open up to. We have a small group of three, but we keep each other afloat. Prayers for your heart. Kathy

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  3. I lost my son 8 months ago to an overdose. I also look forward to your posts every morning. My son is no longer suffering with his addiction. What gives me hope is that he was saved and I will see him again. Everyday is a struggle as I miss him so much.

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  4. Melanie, I know you struggle at this time of year. Every. Single. Day. I’m coming up on the 2nd year anniversary of my son’s death by suicide. Why people call it an anniversary is beyond my understanding. When Ryan left this world, his hell ended, but mine began. I miss him every day. Your daily posts are the first thing to greet me at the start of day. Thank you for sharing your heart. Grief will last a lifetime – and so will the memories of a child I loved so deeply.

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