About the Author

Dorina is an author, speaker, teacher, foodie, and trail runner. She helps people chase God's glory down unexpected trails and flourish in their callings. Her latest books include Breathing Through Grief, Kailani's Gift & Chasing God's Glory. Dorina and her hubby Shawn are raising three courageous daughters in Central California.

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  1. It’s almost been 5 years since our 23yo son passed away.
    This time of year is always especially hard with the Holidays & his birthday a week before Christmas.
    Thankful for how God has graciously & lovingly walked with us thru all of the parts of grieving.
    And still surprised how it can hit us out of nowhere like a tsunami & take us down for a moment or day.

  2. Your words are so very encouraging. Very recently I heard God calling me to work in hospice care. He has been preparing me and I have faith He will continue to walk with me to serve others who are grieving and possibly wrestling with their faith. I look forward to reading your book and sharing your wisdom with others.

  3. I have a friend who’s husband just died and would like to give this book to her. I appreciate the words in this devotional, even though the loss of a home cannot begin to compare with the loss of a person, we are still having to process through the grief of losing it. So very grateful to be alive, but still dealing with sadness.

  4. May get a copy of breathing thru grief: Gail Mattox, 2200 Kerwin Rd. #411, Cleveland, OH 44118

  5. Grief comes in waves. The heartache is real. When you think you’re coping better, something happens and you’re not. It is a journey. Thank you for sharing your experience with others.

  6. God is good. This reading is exactly what I needed today.
    Anger was exactly what I needed to read about. It will be ok.

  7. Thank you for being so vulnerable. My heart needed this reminder as I go through a season of grief. I lost my Dad March 26 & my Uncle took his life Nov 2.

  8. Thank you Dorina. Grief can completely stop us! Thank you for sharing and continue to share your path of grief. It comes and goes and this wise yet simple advise really works…at least for me…
    ” Acknowledge your hard-to-handle feelings. Shout them to God” Amen!
    Praying for a blessed day \0/

  9. I’m a little teapot
    Short and stout
    Here is my handle
    Here is my spout
    When I get all angry
    Then I shout
    Turn me over and pour me out !

    This is what I pray that God keeps doing with me…
    Pour me out
    Refill me
    Redeem me from the ashes.
    So that I yet sing His praise!
    Even if and even still.

  10. My anger is how my husband handled his death. He was never honest with our 16 year old son that he was dying & would not let me. He sat around all day doing nothing. He left no letters or video for our son. All the important milestones were coming up for him & there is nothing from his dad.
    It breaks my heart that our son has lived with feeling he should have treated his dad better, but he didn’t know & he was acting like any 16 year old.
    Our son is now 24 & it still isn’t easy for either of us to understand why.

  11. Thank you for this. I needed it. My husband died on October 25th as a result of Parkinson’s Disease and PD related dementia. It is a cruel disease and stole him from me bit by bit over the past few years, the worst of it in the last 6 months. I am struggling. Some days are better than others, and I would be lost without my faith. But, even so, there are days. Oh, yes, there are days… It is good to know that we are not alone. So, again, thank you!

    • Dawn,

      Oh sweet sister praying for you now. Dementia, PD, & Alzheimer’s are terrible diseases. They steal loved ones away bit by bit. Both my parents had dementia & some psych issues. Asking God to send comfort & peace to your weary soul. Try to remember some of the good times you had together. I will continue to pray for you as the holidays approach. Praying for friends to come around you & love on you during these trying times.

      Blessings 🙂

  12. I lost my older brother, Rey and he was my anchor for me in my life. He always took care of me and my two children. I could always count on him for advice and spiritual support. If I felt kind of loss and down, I would give him a call and he knew before I could even say a word, what was wrong with me. He was my rock in this world.

    His wife however, is not doing that well with his passing. I was there for about two weeks with my son and my grandson for the funeral and be with her during that difficult time.

    They live in a different time zone. Not that bad of a time difference, but I try to be there for here in her times of need. I forwarded this devotion to her. Can you please send me a copy of your book so that I can forward it to her?

  13. I have been so grateful for these devotionals on grief. She gets it! I lost my husband to brain cancer last year. Our daughter and I have been on the rollercoaster of emotions with the Lord sustaining us. It is so good to hear from another who knows the journey.

  14. This hit so close to home. I have been working with those going through grief at my church with another leader. I would like your book to share with them.

    Thank you!

  15. Dorina,

    Thank you for your openness here. Losing a loved one is never easy. It is even harder when they go way to soon. My grief came before the death of my parents. They both suffered dementia. Mom was bedridden for two years before God took her home. I prayed many days that God would take her. I didn’t want to see her suffer any more. Dad died in a psych hospital. The first time I sat in hospital lobby crying & asking Jesus why was he still here? Others a dying yet he is lingering here. God’s timing is best.

    Blessings 🙂

  16. My husband passed away a year and a half ago, and I still feel the loss. It was difficult for me because I believe the hospital could have prevented it. I try to remember that it wouldn’t have happened if God hadn’t allowed it.