How to Walk Through Grief with Grace

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I woke up on the seventh anniversary of my Mom’s death, feeling depressed. Each year is different, some are a mere hiccup while others feel more intense. It has been awhile since an anniversary has hit me this hard.

This year and summer have been rocky for me. A good friend of mine died in February, I let go of many relationships, which no longer resonated with me and many family relationship dynamics have shifted.

Today, I decided to be by the water. I have found great solace at the beach in the past and knew it would help me shift into a different energy. One of my favorite places to walk is The Grace Trail in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Finding Grace in Grief

I have walked the Grace Trail many times. It is a meditative walk that asks five questions along the journey. Grace Trail was created by Anne Jolles to help her cope with the personal challenges and struggle of having a son in combat in Afghanistan. Since then it has helped thousands of people. I will share each stop with you so you can virtually travel through this blog and answer each question in your own mind.

What am I Grateful For?

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At the beginning of the trail, I start with a past and present gratitude. I am grateful to have witnessed the miracle of my Mom moving her thumb after a severe stroke because not many people get to witness a miracle like that. You can read more about the marvel of a single movement in this article from Reader’s Digest called 7 Miraculous Stories About the Power of Healing Prayers . Coming back to this moment, I took a page from my Mom and stated, “I am grateful to be alive today.”

What do I need to Release?

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A way down the trail, I find release. I let go of life needing to be a certain way. If 2018 has taught me anything, it is this. There is a higher plan at work, even when you do not see it yet. The Serenity Prayer is a great tool to aid in releasing what you cannot control.


What is calling out for Acceptance?

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Walking up a short hill, I come upon acceptance. I accept life as it is and remember everything is as it is meant to be, even if I don’t understand it in this moment.

What is my next Challenge?

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Walking down the hill and coming back around, I find challenge. I thought of a couple of challenges or places I am growing. The one which steps me most outside of my comfort zone is self-publishing and more public speaking.

What can I Embrace as possible?

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Moving forward with confidence in my step, I embrace. I fully take in this present moment, trusting all is as it needs to be.

Feel free to share your journey through this blog in the comment section below.

Lisa Hutchison LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist and writing coach for empaths and artists. She specializes in working with professionals who get drained from their helping efforts, refill and recharge their energies. Get her FREE gift 8 Simple Things That Release Chaos from Your Life Now! at

Here are some additional resources about the Grace Trail:

You can walk the trail anywhere, anytime, with anyone by just showing up and asking the questions shared in this book.  Buy it here at Amazon
Grace Trail® Hope Cards: 57 cards to wake up your life! 150 questions worth asking, plus beautiful images to nourish your curiosity and provide encouragement. Buy them at Amazon here!

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27 thoughts on “How to Walk Through Grief with Grace

  1. First…I send you a giant hug…and I hold you as long as you need to be held. I am certain your Mom is with you always…but I can tell how much you miss her 💜
    And WOW!!! Can’t tell you how much I loves my walk on the Grace Trail! What a wonderful gift! Thanks so much 🌼

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    • Thank you Lorrie.

      I feel your love and support ❤ It is greatly appreciated. I often feel Mom spiritually. This year I do miss her physical presence greatly.

      I am glad you got to enjoy the grace trail virtually, it is a beautiful journey!
      -Many Blessings Lisa

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  2. First things first, a virtual bear hug to you, Lisa. I know what you’re saying because today is my Dad’s 14th death anniversary and the second time since his demise that I’m feeling low.

    The first time was on the 1st anniversary. That was a different kind of low as it marked 1 year of not having him around in this world though I know he’s very much there at a spirit and spiritual level. But time marches on and I’m grateful for the surviving parent and a loving family. The Serenity Prayer is a favorite of mine and I’ve been practicing something similar to the Grace Trail today. Thank you for the supportive guidance. Grief doesn’t follow a schedule.

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    • Thank you Vatsala ❤ I am sorry for the loss of your Dad. It is true grief has no timetable and comes in cycles. Gratitude and focusing on what I have has helped me through the darkness of grief. It is my pleasure to share my journey with you. Hugs and blessings to you xx


  3. This touched my heart, Lisa. I love the messages on the rocks. You have a special way of reminding us to be gracefully compassionate and gentle during our hardest of experiences. Thank you.

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  4. I am sending you heart to heart love and understanding for your losses Lisa. The journey you led us through are the steps to healing grief, and you presented them beautifully. Our biggest challenges help define our inner and outer growth. Painful and unpleasant as it is, we become stronger and more courageous for it. xx

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  5. Dear Lisa, walking our way through these trails of grief are never easy. And I so thank you for sharing this trail with us. Each part of our paths asks us to learn Grace and Acceptance,
    Loved your description here, and insights and wisdom..
    Sending you a virtual hug over the airwaves as on your continued walk …
    Love and Light ❤
    Sue ❤

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  6. Thank you so much for walking the Grace Trail, Lisa and friends! For anyone interested in learning more, please visit me over at!

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