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Welcome to Firsts Beyond the First! This blog chronicles the many firsts of grief beyond the first year without your loved one.

After losing my husband, many friends and family said as long as I could make it through the first year of firsts of holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and milestones, grief would get easier. It simply did not.

Join me as I write about how we attempt to navigate grief–every nasty part of it, and the blessings along the way.