I lived in the San Lorenzo Valley for twenty-six years, in Boulder Creek, until our house burned in early 2019. My experiences with the ramifications of loss, particularly the emotional toll, may be of some help and value to those who have just begun their journey toward recovery and rebuilding. I have been married for forty years and volunteered with my children’s school events. For over thirty years, I worked in human services as a paid employee and a volunteer. My work experience included initiating support groups, budget development, procuring grants, and fundraising. I hope my perspective and skills can especially assist in helping others during trying times.