Heart Connections

Heart Connections: Grief –Not Something You Get Over BUT Something You Can Get Through

Willie Nelson recently released a new song with these lyrics in the chorus.  I was on YouTube when I first saw it.  I clicked on it and as it unfolded, it was as if my heart was singing to me.  I lost my husband on January 26, 2018 to Stage 4 colon cancer.  He was …

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Heart Connections – Honoring a Daughter by Helping Others

  On February 15th, 2006 my 18-year-old daughter, Jennifer, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. It was an unbearably horrific and confusing time. I was in such deep shock I was barely able to make decisions about anything. Thankfully, several people encouraged me to go to the Christi Center. They put together a small group of moms …

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Heart Connections: Finding Total Peace and Forgiveness

Elaine Miller’s introduction to The Christi Center started back in 1999 when her husband died by suicide. With three children under 13, Elaine found her way to The Christi Center (then called For the Love of Christi) in spring of 1999. She spent 45 minutes on the phone with the person who answered it. “I …

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Heart Connections: You May Live with Sorrow, But You Don't Have to Live Sorrowfully

By Benny Jasso, Sr. – as told to Terri Schexnayder The Charreada (Mexican rodeo) was an event for our whole family.  My sons, Benny Jr. and Dennis, whom I began to train when they were young, would participate in the rodeo’s nine events. My wife Alice cooked and raised funds for many events. I loved …

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Heart Connections: When A Simple Hug Sparks a Chain Reaction of Love

When University of Texas sophomore Dina Ragow called The Christi Center, she had no idea how much it would change everything – both then and in the future. Dina had just lost her mother to colon cancer, right on the heels of losing her only sibling, Dana, to leukemia just two years prior. She could …

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Heart Connections: Kids Giving Back

by Roque Hesson Overcoming losing my mother when I was five, my brother when I was ten, and my stepmother when I was twenty-two has shown me so much. The grief process will never be the same for everyone; the grief process will never be delicate; the grief process will never become routine. There is …

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