Diane Taylor

  • commented on Hiatus 2017-08-01 06:39:50 -0700
    Kelley – sorry I want to ask you what type of treatment did they give you? How did they figure out this was the cause????

  • commented on The Tree of Grief 2017-07-28 04:00:23 -0700
    Hi Stephanie, long time reader but first time commenting. WOW this is so good. It reminds me of a book called “The Giving Tree” – one of my son’s favorites. I lost my 24 year old son Jonathan 5 years ago in a fire (he is my only child) and I have felt like that stump for SO LONG. It feels like forever. This year, something new sprung up in me. I have no idea where or how or why. But I feel like I have turned a corner of sorts. Your post about this tree is exactly how I am feeling right now. I know I didn’t lose my partner – but the writings on this blog have drawn me in, so much of what you all write about hits home with me. Thank you for this post and reminding me that good things do grow from the dirt.

  • commented on New Love 2017-07-05 04:18:52 -0700
    This makes me SOOOOO HAPPY!!!!!! Fantastic news Kelley!!!! I have been praying for this to happen. God’s timing is always perfect.

  • commented on Dear new widows, 2017-04-05 04:26:15 -0700
    Hi Michelle, THANK YOU for these beautiful words you shared with that grieving mother. I too lost a child – my only child – 5 long hard years ago, at age 24, my son Jonathan Paul Daily died inside his first apartment, trapped by fire and overcome by smoke. I truly felt like I wanted to die and be with him. Every part of my body hurt. I wanted answers as to what caused that fire. And somehow I found this blog with people talking about grief. I found some comfort here. And I have continued to read it. Now I do find that light peeking thru the clouds. I do see my son’s story continue to be written. And I am the one that keeps turning the page.

    THANK YOU for caring – I am so sorry for your loss :(:(

  • commented on Seaworthy 2017-03-28 04:27:23 -0700
    WOW Kelley – this story made the hair on the back of my neck stand up – Michelle is a wise one – she knew what you needed. What an amazing experience. Gives me so much hope, even though I am not a widow, being a grieving parent who has lost her only child has it’s own set of challenges :(My little story of the week:

    This past Saturday, I had to take a quick trip to our beach house to check on things. I have a rental car right now while my car is being repaired so I was not happy about having to drive this car 150 miles (call me paranoid!!). Before I left, I was in the process of packing up some of my son’s belongings into newly purchased bins. It was time to move some of these things to the attic. As I packed up, something fell to the floor – I picked it up and tears welled up immediately in my eyes. It was the “Jonathan-and-Moms-roadtrip-cd-case” – holy shit. I thought this has been lost in the fire that took my son’s life. And I had a road trip ahead of me that I had been DREADING – suddenly it was an opportunity to relive our mother and son road trip music. Harry Chapin! Forrest Gump Soundtrack! Mario Brothers movie soundtrack! Godspell! I cried a bunch but also laughed at some of those songs. The universe gave me a chance to focus on the good stuff – those many road trips we took together have such great memories for me. I had buried them deep. Now they were flying free, in a rented Jeep Patriot as I flew down Route 50 towards Ocean City MD :):)

    Crazy right???

    I love your stories so much – and I can’t wait to read your book.

    Sending you love Kelley :):):)

  • commented on Overload 2017-01-24 04:10:18 -0800
    Hi Kelley – no worries!! I am so sorry you are on overload :(:( But I know we will all benefit from your words, you are so gifted. Don is BEAMING with pride right now, I just know it.

  • commented on The Journey of a River 2017-01-24 04:08:42 -0800
    I love this post so much Sarah – thank you :):) Your words have a way of calming my spirit!

  • commented on Felt Like Goodbye 2017-01-17 04:25:31 -0800
    Kelly holy hell I can’t even type right now after reading this. There are no words.

    A little story: ever since I lost my son Jonathan, I had been searching for a new church. I found one last May and have been going a lot. Every Wed nite there is a 7pm service by candlelight, it has been helping me to cope with my loss. Last week I was the greeter for the service and spoke with a lovely woman who had 2 of her children with her. Her name is Katie Malone. A brief encounter but I remembered it – her baby was so adorable. The next morning (Jan 12th) I woke up to the news that Katie’s home had burned to the ground and claimed the lives of 6 of her children. 6 children – two of them I had met the night before. My son Jonathan died in a fire in his apartment – so this news had me shaking and in a puddle of tears. Her beautiful home is right around the corner from me. You could smell the smoke from my house. Talk about a trigger. All I could think about was meeting them on Wednesday night – that beautiful baby, gone. Every chance given to us to make a small difference in someone’s life should not be taken for granted.

    I will be praying for your friend – she sounds like such a wonderful person. I honestly can’t wait to read your book :):)

  • commented on Back to Start 2016-04-11 12:03:16 -0700
    Kelly – I don’t know you from adam. I am not a widow. I lost my son 4 years ago and with him went every piece of my heart. I am so sorry for all you have gone thru – this just sucks big time. Honestly I have no F**KING idea what God is doing up there. No idea at all. When good people have to suffer like this and the good ones are taken from us…..I don’t know. It just hurts like a hot knife going thru butter. Just wanted to say how sorry I am. Thanks for listening. You are a good person who has given so much to the world already.

  • commented on Keep Them Alive at Christmas 2015-12-28 04:31:47 -0800
    I know I shouldn’t be posting here about my loss since it is not a spouse but my son Jonathan but……it is unavoidable, the holidays without him (my only child) are excruciating. My favorite memory of holidays with Jonathan is that we ALWAYS went to a Christmas Tree farm to pick out and cut down our own tree – of the trees we picked out over the years!!! Jonathan was/is a HUGE Monty Python fan and he always sand “The Lumberjack Song” while cutting the tree. People would laugh at us but we didn’t care. I try to do it without him but it just doesn’t sound the same. We also went every year to see Trans Siberian Orchestra – I have made myself go without him and get lost in the music, hoping he is right there with me to see it all somehow.

  • commented on Echo 2015-11-23 05:14:27 -0800
    Hi Kelly – I cried thru every word of this poem. I lost my 24 year old son March 1, 2012 – he was very much my cheering squad in life. My support. My world. Of all the things I’ve screwed up in my life, he was the one thing I had done right. He is my only child – and the hole he left behind when his apartment caught fire with him inside….well, it’s the grand canyon time a billion. I could substitute “my son” in your poem where you talk about your “boo”…and it would make a lot of sense. I know losing a child is NOTHING like losing a spouse. But for the last 3 plus years, I have been drawn to the writings of Widow’s Voice. So many times you all are DEAD ON with how I am feeling. This post and this poem is one of them.

    Thank you,
    Diane Taylor (mother of Jonathan Paul Daily)

  • commented on Just This~ 2015-06-03 08:00:30 -0700
    Hi Allison – I found myself reading WV over 3 years ago, when I lost my only child Jonathan Paul Daily in a fire (he was in his apartment at the time and was found feet from the door). Only 24 with his whole life ahead of him. I was devastated beyond words. I started to fear losing my husband too – he is the only thing I have left in this world. Somehow I found this blog and it resonated with me. I realize my grief is different from a widow’s grief – but I kept on reading every post. I want to thank you fo rposting this amazing video – I cried thru most of it, as I often look to the sky and talk to my son. I never believed in the afterlife but now….I do. I have pictures taken from our security camera of a bright light at our back door – and I know it’s Jonathan. I’ve even had a paranormal research group at my home investigating the many bright-light pictures we have seen over the last 3 years. I have enjoyed all your posts, they often reflect how I feel. Different yet the same. And so it goes…..

    Thanks again….

    Diane Taylor