Articles by Alan Pederson

Father’s Day

Years have come and gone and time has surely drifted by. I’ve searched for any answer, yet I’m left to wonder why. The only thing I know for sure, through the happy and the sad. No matter what the circumstance,…

A Dozen Roses

If I had a dozen roses, I know just what I’d do. I’d give each one a name that reminded me of you. The first rose I’d name “sunshine” cause you brighten every day. The second would be “beauty”, the…

Finding Gratitude in Grief

Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday.  Maybe it is because it is so simple, no gifts to buy, no ugly sweaters; just food, family, friends, football and fun.  Like most of you, Thanksgiving and other holidays become something very different…

Real Men Grieve

On July 12th, as part of the 2014 TCF National Conference in Chicago, a first-of-its-kind symposium will be held on the subject of men in grief. This special 3-hour program presented for-men-only will explore the challenges, issues and opportunities that…

Making the Journey

Jon Shamres still chokes up when he talks about his little sister Gabrielle. “Gabi” as he fondly refers to her was the little girl with the big personality. Gabi’s beautiful smile, sense of humor, love of dance and ability to…

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