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She Would Be Turning 7 This Year

As you lay there sleeping, gently lay your head, dreams of your future dancing through my head.   At one, you’d be walking Scurrying around, getting into mischief, feet firmly on the ground.   At two, your words start forming,…

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Let’s Not Forget About the Dads

PEOPLE SEEM TO FORGET about the dads in grief. They will ask, “How is your wife?”  Not realizing that his heart has been ripped out of his chest. This happens often.  But what is important to remember is that both…

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Legend

In his younger years, Tom loved stuffed animals. Much like me when I was his age, he connected with them on an emotional level. Each one was given an appropriate name and had its own personality, and the bookcases in…

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When Grief Comes Knocking Again

Grief has surrounded me most of my adult life starting with my very loved father dying suddenly of a heart attack at age 45. Professionally I worked with hospice and then for 10 years with pediatric oncology where I fell…

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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,…

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Summer Delight

Where is the child who skipped through the sprays of summer rain and laughed his way into my heart? Where is the boy who climbed my trees and spied on me from behind the leaves? Where is the child with…

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Grief as a Second Language

My daughter died 22 years ago. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her, even after all this time. Sometimes she is a passing thought and sometimes something happens that reminds me of her and the fact…

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Loss, Grief, and Post-traumatic Growth

When our seemingly healthy 14-year-old daughter Laura died within days of being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, my husband Ron and I were shocked and distraught. Our sheltered family life in Bayside wasn’t supposed to unfold this way. We…

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A Visitation Dream

I had a visitation dream from my son a month ago.  The message in this dream was so profound for me I don’t think I will ever be able to go back to thinking about this subject the way I…

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Happy Reminders

A few years ago, knee-deep in grief, a parent decided to start surprising herself with what she called “happy reminders.” She was tired of walking into her son’s room, looking for something she hadn’t seen before and feeling lost. She…

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