John Pete

John Pete is a Certified Grief Counselor, Spiritual Author, and Artist. He writes that loss and grief is the most profound experience of our lifetimes, and that there is a path back to our loved ones ahead, in God's time. He believes that every passing day is a journey back to those we have lost, and that faith can help us to cope and move forward. "Our loved ones are not behind us, they are there, on the path ahead..."

John has appeared on "Healing the Grieving Heart" Radio and his spiritual articles and quotes are published in the book, "Open To Hope - Inspirational Stories of Healing After Loss," and, "Grieving the Sudden Death of A Loved One" (DVD).

Visit John Pete's website for grief resources, articles and art.

I Believe, by John Pete No Comments

I believe I will see my loved ones again and it is that, among other things, which allows me to heal and gives me the courage to journey forward. I believe there is a profound reason for life and death beyond our current understanding. I believe that moving forward creates opportunities for spiritual growth, and…

Death Changes Every Thing, by John Pete No Comments

Laughter becomes a sad echo of days gone by and happy memories fade to painful reminders of what can never be again. The glistening morning dew goes unnoticed. Blue jays and butterflies flutter by, their beauty muted by these darker things. Sunshine burns hot against the face but no longer warms the heart. Sleep…

Just So You Know, by John Pete No Comments

Just so you know… I cannot stop grieving just because you believe it is time for me to move on. I cannot stop hurting just because you do not understand the piercing pain in my heart. I cannot stop my tears from flowing just because they make you uncomfortable. I cannot mend my heart just because you believe I have…

Preparing To Say Goodbye and Other Challenges of the Heart No Comments

I found out this week that my father’s years-long battle with cancer has moved to a terminal stage. And while the news is not completely unexpected, it is a frightening jolt to be faced with his mortality in terms of months, all the same. My father has quietly admitted that he is afraid and not yet ready to die; heartbreaking words from someone whose emotions are usually very reserved. My dad would likely be surprised to know…

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Never Walk Alone No Comments

Following loss everything suddenly changes. The absence of your loved one. The way you see the world and the people in it; daily routines; the things you care about most; your outlook on life; love; work; pleasure… Now add to that mix a dark empty abyss of sadness and hopelessness, deep painful yearning, and emotional and physical exhaustion, and you have what your new life has suddenly become. Daily life is something you must reluctantly trudge through without a feeling of purpose or hope, and a belief that things cannot possibly get better because life…

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