We’ll Always Have Paris – Latest Blog on the Hope for Widows Site

….  Last night, as I watched the news footage of Notre Dame burning, at first, I was saddened by the loss of such a beautiful testament to gothic architecture. I’ve always cherished old buildings and historical sites. I’m a genealogist, and any old artifact or site from another era makes me feel a connection with past generations that moves me emotionally. The potential loss of this historic cathedral left me speechless. But then, I began to feel more.

Witnessing any loss can remind us of the uncertainties of life and how fleeting it is, how someone or something can be gone in an instant. It can also make us ponder the significance of decisions we make and discard, and how important they may turn out to be in hindsight. But, of course, as a widow, things like this can also trigger more personal memories – and watching Notre Dame burn brought back memories of touring Paris with Rick…..

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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 Amazon.com.

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

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