Good Grief

Hannah Jane Nancarrow

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
― Charles M. Schulz

GOOD GRIEF! It feels like all the saddest things happen during the holidays. It feels like loved ones pass away. It feels like friends quarrel. It feels like families hold grudges. It feels like spouses are unfaithful. It feels like lives are uprooted. It feels like grief always makes its move during the holidays.

And when grief moves in, we don’t feel like sitting around a dinner table together. We don’t feel like playing games or singing songs. We don’t feel like lighting candles, hanging twinkle lights, or baking cookies. Instead, we lie awake with worry, alternating crying into our pillows and plotting escape or revenge, or just mustering the strength to reach over to your laptop to post some cryptic Facebook status, and wallow in the comments of concerned, inquisitive e-friends.

Then (when we’re done with the wallowing and such) we tap into our loving…

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Hannah Jane Nancarrow is a San Diego State University alumni, with a B.A. in journalism and new media. After graduating in 2011, Hannah worked in local T.V. news before her dad was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Hannah managed and contributed to her dad’s incredibly popular blog ( and social media platforms before he passed away, after 11 months of bravely battling and blogging. The diagnosis was a catalyst for her own writing and for following each whim and dream. Today, Hannah writes her own blog and has been a keynote speaker at San Diego Women's Week, Relay for Life, and a top fundraiser for cancer-related causes throughout San Diego. Hannah also has a passion for health and fitness, since losing 75 pounds in 2011. She earned her Spinning® and group fitness instructor certifications, and teaches weekly cycle classes in Encinitas, California. Hannah also earned her real estate license and works in the family business, Nancarrow Realty Group, in North County San Diego.

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6 comments on “Good Grief
  1. Katharine says:

    Your posts never leave me and the messages mean so much, your Dad’s spirit lives on and I thank you.. With thoughts for blessings

  2. Anonymous says:

    God’s Blessings for sure!

  3. Rod says:

    Thanks for sharing & your possitivity!

  4. kmbrly7 says:

    Thank you Hannah, this is lovely! You are an inspirational writer!

    KIMBERLY Sent from my iPad while riding my horse,,,


  5. wolflange says:

    Just. Perfect.

    Thank you for all your inspiration, strength, and encouragement to others whose roads are rough.

  6. Merrypalmer says:

    I just think you are so insightful, wise beyond your years and have hit the nail on the head. Talking through things with a friend last night on the same theme, the trap of focussing on how things are spiraling out of control is all consuming. We have to set goals for ourselves so that we are not sidelined by the challenges life throws our way. The one thing that is constant is the amount of chaos around us. So, we have to view each challenge with option A or B responses. Heading down the path of A, your old bitter self trail (we will call it trail Grouchy) by reacting with revenge in your heart may not lead to a happy future with all of the consequences that may follow for months or more. So choose B (the trail that holds a beautiful view with a gorgeous golden full moon rising in the east with we will call Harvest Moon Trail), with the pure, beautiful heart and mind you are trying to embrace. Even if you entertain A, let it go! Choosing the B path can make each day healthier in your mind, body and spirit. Having a little Charles Schultz and chocolate nearby can’t hurt!

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