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Articles by Cathy Seehuetter

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Thoughts on Easter, Before and After

Well…here we are again; another day that for many is a major holiday. It feels like it really was not that long ago that we were bombarded with the November/December holiday army that decended on us!  Perhaps this is the…

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HSN Cares Chooses TCF as Their Charity of the Day

We are very excited and grateful to announce HSN Cares chose The Compassionate Friends (TCF) as their Charity of the Day with a generous donation to our organization! They are giving a donation every day of this month to a…

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Finding Spring Again

We are nearing the end of what has often been a brutal winter. While gazing at the mountains of snow piled high in my front yard and the foot-long icicles hanging from my roof, it is hard to imagine that…

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Those Difficult “Firsts”

I vividly remember New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1994… My 15-year-old daughter Nina loved any opportunity for a celebration. She invited a couple of her high school friends over, planned games, tried some new recipes, and bought her customary bottle…

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A Ritual for Gatherings with Family or Friends

Invite your family and/or friends to do a mourning ritual with you. Gather around a table with a candle in the center After the candle is lit, everyone thinks about two things to share out loud with the rest The…

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TCF Worldwide Candle Lighting – A Look Back Over the Years

As the major holidays approached in late autumn of 1995, I was filled with anxiety and deep sadness. In May of that year, my 15-year-old vivacious and beautiful daughter Nina was senselessly and tragically killed by an alcohol-impaired driver. With…

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Finding a Little Peace on a Summer Night

While most others love summer for its daytime pleasures, such as beach time, golf, picnics and other family outings, personally, I like it at night… on my deck after most others have long gone to bed.  I gaze at the…

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The Story of Hope – A Sign from Nina

Shortly after Nina died, I remember well-meaning friends talking to me about hope. My reply was usually, “What was there to have hope about?” The only thing I prayed and hoped for was that my daughter would come back again,…

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