Grief and loss, Holidays, Mental health, Spirituality

How do you say Happy Thanksgiving?

This is a bittersweet holiday for my family and I being this is the first one minus my Dad. The man who always carved the giant turkey and presided over the time we committed to enjoying it because it couldn’t coincide with the big football games that are being played today.

Despite the fact that my siblings and I aren’t together, I know our entire country is having a very different experience in celebrating Thanksgiving this year due to the pandemic of COVID-19 that our world is living through. I’m writing this to remind ALL of us that it’s what’s in our hearts, our grateful and loving hearts that we celebrate and say thanks to God for our many blessings. I’m an extremely blessed woman to know the unconditional guidance, protection and love that is available to us all through God’s grace. This is what I get down on my knees for today and say, “Thank you” for.

The outpouring of love I have received from family and friends over the passing of my Dad keeps the smile on my face and warms my heart. This year, 2020 has been my most transformative yet and I’m blessed that my Dad got to see me blossom and bloom this year. A close girlfriend of mine reminded me of that and it really changed my thinking on the day he passed over. I want to share this experience I had with you all just yesterday while I sat in meditation….

My Dad’s spirit came to me and he said, “hey Mare (my Dad’s nickname for me) I’m so sorry dolly that I didn’t understand you more while I was alive. I get it, I get you now that I’ve died sweetheart and we are closer now”. He is already my top advisor, teacher and guide as I dance the sacred waltz with Spirit as a shamanic healer. It’s the most beautiful gift I could ever imagine to receive. All I could say, while the tears flowed were “Thanks Dad, I love you”.

I wrote this first poem, “Daddy” just hours before he passed over. I read it to my mother when she woke up Tuesday the 24th of November 2020 and when I got to the last line, she hugged me tighter and we looked in each other’s eyes. My spirit guides later told me that we ushered him over at that exact moment because when the nurse called to tell us that he was no longer with us and the time, we both instantly knew. We laughed and cried and I could hear my Dad say, “Thank you Maria, I’m free” while the Frank Sinatra song, “Born Free” played loudly in my head. My Mom and I were both outside on the lake and saw his spirit appear in a hawk that was flying overhead. This is the picture on YouTube for that song! Talk about synchronicity my dears.


This is a poem I wrote for his birthday last year September 1st, 2019. My Dad was always such a strong, proud and dignified man. He had a gentle manner and a heart of pure gold, my hero.


Life is so precious and short my dears. Tell the ones that you love you love them. We must all today celebrate each other, the abundance of God’s blessings upon all of creation, look around at this beautiful world he gave us and say “Thank you”.

In light and in shadow, always with love. If you’re interested in a shamanic healing session, tarot card reading, my recorded meditations or to purchase any of my 4 books of poetry please click the link below.

Look at what arrived yesterday in the mail. If anyone who like a personalized autographed copy of “My Soul’s Light” please go to my contact page and email me. Namaste 🙏

“My Soul’s Light”

19 thoughts on “How do you say Happy Thanksgiving?”

  1. Oh no! I’m so sorry about your dad!! 😦 I’m glad he’s still close to you in spirit!! Happy Thanksgiving!! I can’t imagine your loss, but if there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know!!

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    1. I’m moving through the waves of emotion with grace and gratitude my dear💗 I’m extremely blessed and feel really close to my Dad, it’s really incredible. Everything I expressed in this post is 100% my truth🙌
      God does work in the most mysterious of ways 🙏 ❤

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  2. What a beautiful gift to connect with your father! Shortly after my father died, I was standing outside, focused on my heart, and asked if he was there. I heard him say, “I’m free!” And he was so joyous! Before he died, he’d been so very scared of death – thinking it might be lights out, game over, the end, and blackness.

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss of your Dad Maria! What beautiful sycronicity that he passed over at the same time you and your mom were holding him in your hearts and the powerful eagle that flew overhead. What a beautiful song sung by an icon of his time. The amazing Frank Sinatra taking him home as he slides into home. This is such a tribute of his life and your beautiful poems are incredible. You too are ready to fly and your message from him in meditation is a testiment of his love for you and how proud he is of you. What a gift to have this kind of closure. Blessings of love to see you through as you grieve and talk to him through spirit and dreams. ❤️❤️❤️ Cindy

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    1. When this all happened, I thought of you immediately because I knew you of all of my friends would understand 🙏 As sad as we all are, I’m truly comforted by the fact that he is pulling the strings and pushing the puzzle pieces together just like my Nana has been for 16 years. It’s a magical gift❤
      So much love Cindy always ❤

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      1. oh that is such a blessed honor to hear from you Maria. It was wild we were together at yoga (zoom but still together), when your mom called and you had to go. I remember your loving heart with no questions aked just moving in love and service. It was so beautiful and you will continue to have more insights as you grieve and celebrate your dad’s beautiful life. Oh so glad it’s magical. Thanks and love to you dear. ❤️ Cindy

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    1. Yes, very true. My partner always comments on how I swell in the deep. It’s my space, where I understand the world and my place in it. I’m a super Sagittarius, many planets were in Sag plus I was born on a new moon so both lots of that energy creates my being. My chart actually looks like a diagram of a diamond. My dear friend is a professional astrologer and when she did my natal chart this year she said that I too am formed like a diamond, requiring a lot of pressure to shine. Now that my Dad is on the other side, pulling the strings and pushing the puzzle pieces together just like my Nana has for 16 years. They are my top counsel. I’m extremely blessed🙏 Thank you for your kindness Bryan and for “getting me”…it’s something I struggled with most of my life. To find my people. Now that I’ve been on WordPress for 2 years, I’m amazed by the kindred spirits I have met like yourself. Namaste my friend 🙏


  4. I’m feeling you so much, tears flow as I read your poems, so touching, so real. I’m glad you had that experience, you can now grieve and process his loss knowing he is at peace. My dad was my rock, also the strong and silent type, after 25 years, I still miss him every day. 🥰💕

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    1. Awww Tiffany, we are so connected dear one. Your words here strike at a soul level💗 All truths. Today, I’m heading out on my bike, haven’t done that in a week. I have been taking care of my Mom and today it’s time to care for me🥰 Love ya sister 😘


  5. I am truly sorry for the loss of your Dad!! But the fact that he took flight as a hawk says a lot. He clearly has accepted his new role with open arms. 😉😇 He is elevating you to the next level. I know your Dad knows how much he is loved. And I’m glad that you can still experience him through Spirit. You helped elevate him as well 😉 Together, you both will continue to do great things. So while you may be physically apart, you are still one in your heart. Love the Frank Sinatra song!! Spirit does love to communicate through song. Sending you so much love!! 🤗💗💜

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    1. Oh boy my dear, that’s amazing and validating information!! I received that too, my guides told me I helped his soul in a big way. Extremely humbling. It’s comforting too, we have running conversations. All of this in just 3 weeks. I had another powerful session with my Mom tonight too. Love you sis😘❤🌠


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