grief and memories

The Futility of the Physical – new blog on Hope for Widows site

Beginning next month, the old company logo at work is being replaced and removed from all our products. Rick created that logo 20 years ago.

I thought, there goes another piece of Rick, his legacy, his mark on the world. And I swallowed the temptation to cry as business continued to be discussed around me.

And the more I contemplate this, the more I realize how hard I’ve tried to keep Rick alive by retaining some of his physical “stuff”: the clothes, the collectibles, the things he last touched, the things he created. And little by little, as time passes, it’s become more difficult to do. Read my latest blog on the Hope for Widows website:

About the author

Katherine Billings Palmer is a technical writer, poet, and essayist from Garden City, Michigan. She’s won several academic writing awards, including first place in the University of Michigan Dearborn Critical Essay Contest for her work about poet John Donne: “‘The Sun Rising’: A Lover’s Boast.”

In 2017, Katherine’s husband, Rick, died of complications from small cell lung cancer. She wrote a series of poems and essays about her struggles to cope with her grief. I Wanted to Grow Old With You is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

Her latest book, A Widow’s Words: Grief, Reflection, Prose, and Poetry – The First Year was published in January 2019 and is also available on

Katherine is a guest blogger for the Hope for Widows Foundation and writes about her grief journey at

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