You Are My Starfish
Mother's Heartbreak
by MaryBeth Cichocki
24m ago
  Matt, I wrote this for you..  In all my years of walking on the beach I’ve never found a starfish until yesterday. I felt like a child again as I picked up this fragile, precious creature and held it in my hand. I could feel the tickle as its tiny fingers tried to attach ..read more
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A Not So Happy New Year
Mother's Heartbreak
by MaryBeth Cichocki
1M ago
Matt,  we’ve passed the 9 year mark of me surviving your death.  For some reason, this 9th year has hit me harder than I could have ever imagined.  I continue to struggle with the fact that time has flown by.  My mind knows but my heart continues with disbelief.  It almost feels like that horrible ..read more
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Nine Years Ago
Mother's Heartbreak
by MaryBeth Cichocki
2M ago
Matt,   Nine years ago you were alive. Nine years ago we were both anticipating a beautiful new year Nine years ago I sent you a text telling you that 2015 was going to be the best year ever.  Nine years ago my heart was full of hopes and dreams.  Nine years ago we had a ..read more
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Holidays Hurt
Mother's Heartbreak
by MaryBeth Cichocki
2M ago
Matt, tomorrow is Christmas.  I spent the morning crying my eyes out and hugging the bear I had made out of your sweatshirt.  The grief and pain is still so powerful even after all these years.  I find myself breathless when I let the reality of life sink in soaking through the protective coating I’ve ..read more
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Grief Takes No Holiday
Mother's Heartbreak
by MaryBeth Cichocki
3M ago
Matt,  today is Thanksgiving,  my 8th without you.  You would think after all this time the weight would be lighter.  The grief would have lessened it’s grip on my heart.   I woke today with that familiar lump in my throat.  That feeling of choking that has become a part of life since you left ..read more
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A Hollow Halloween
Mother's Heartbreak
by MaryBeth Cichocki
4M ago
Matt,  tonight is Halloween.  I Thought after all these years I would be ok seeing the kids skipping down the street dressed in a variety of costumes.   I did ok as the kids came up to the door yelling Trick or Treat.  It was so sweet watching them root through the candy bowl searching ..read more
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My Reflections on Trail of Truth.
Mother's Heartbreak
by MaryBeth Cichocki
5M ago
I remember being home watching the weather like a hawk scans the sky for prey.  I kept thinking how could the report of a strong nor-easter possibly be true as I sat feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin.   The next morning I woke to a gray day.  I felt the weather ..read more
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Your Legacy
Mother's Heartbreak
by MaryBeth Cichocki
6M ago
Matt,  when I was made aware of how and why you died, I knew I had to do something to prevent another from suffering your fate. Knowing that your death was preventable lit a fire in my gut and gave me the courage to fight the broken system of sober living homes that played a ..read more
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A Can of Beef A Roni and So Much More
Mother's Heartbreak
by MaryBeth Cichocki
7M ago
Matt, Never in a million years did I ever think I would find myself falling apart in the pasta aisle of my local grocery store after seeing a can of Beef A Roni. The gut wrenching, hit my heart hard, kind of pain left me holding onto my cart telling myself to breathe. Tears running ..read more
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You Are The Light
Mother's Heartbreak
by MaryBeth Cichocki
9M ago
Matt,   The project named IntoLight was started by a mom like me who also lost her son from an opioid overdose.  This mom is also an artist and to find her peace she began to draw her son’s pictures during different phases of his life.  I guess she felt closer to him as I ..read more
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