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Growing Hope

It’s been just over three weeks since becoming Executive Director of the best grief organization in the world. I may hold a slightly prejudiced view of our organization as it was the lifeline that allowed us to hold onto hope…

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Borrowed Hope

Lend me your hope for awhile, I seem to have mislaid mine. Lost and hopeless feelings accompany me daily. Pain and confusion are my companions. I know not where to turn. Looking ahead to the future times Does not bring…

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Musings on Halloween, Past and Present

As I type this, the nip in the October air is a reminder that the major holidays are just around the corner. Halloween paraphernalia has been in the stores since July with Christmas decorations right behind them. For those of…

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Speaking from the Heart

For everything there is a season, and for me the season of being the Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends will come to an end before the next issue of the E-Newsletter is published. What an honor it has been…

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Act on Your Grief

Joann is an actress. She is also a bereaved parent. She shared with me that when the emotions of her grief welled up inside of her she would act them out. She would become the voice of her anger or…

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Someone asked me …

Someone asked me about you today It’s been so long since anyone has done that It felt so good to talk about you to share my memories of you to simply say your name out loud She asked me if…

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Speaking from the Heart

I never know where article ideas will come from. Today I was looking at my personal Facebook news feed and saw a post from my friend, Julie, which caught my eye. Julie’s son died by suicide 4 years ago and…

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I’ll Always Be Your Dad

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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That First Summer Vacation

Summer time is here and with it you may be planning a vacation. If you have recently suffered the death of your child, that first vacation can be very difficult. I would like to share with you our experience the…

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Can Memorial Day Be Both a Day of Remembrance and Celebration?

The stores are also crowded with people preparing for activities to celebrate the beginning of summer. The roads leading to area beaches are backlogged with traffic. Cookouts and family fun activities are planned. The department stores are advertising great Memorial…

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