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7 Things I Have Learned Since the Loss of My Child

Child loss is a loss like no other. One often misunderstood by many. If you love a bereaved parent or know someone who does, remember that even his or her “good” days are harder than you could ever imagine. Compassion…

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Fireworks are like the Love in Our Hearts

July brings Central Oregonians lingering blue skies, lazy afternoons and the Fourth of July celebration, complete with the grand fireworks finale bolting from the top of Pilot Butte. This was one of my son’s favorite holidays. When he was six…

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A Bear Hug for Father’s Day

As Father’s Day approaches, we are reminded of the significant contributions and unique love of fathers and stepfathers. Their defined role, after the death of their children, is to support their wives and surviving children. But their pain is deep….

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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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May: The Unusually Difficult Month

For the bereaved parent, May is frequently the cruelest month. The month of May offers the rest of the world a promise of another carefree summer, swimming, family vacations, relaxation, reading, cook-outs and picnics, trips to the lake and so…

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As the Heart Remembers Spring

Some will be remembered For their fortunes or their fame, And some will be remembered For the naming of a name. But you will be remembered As the heart remembers spring, As the mind remembers beauty, And the soul each…

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Helping Others Help You: Ten Rules for Self-Healing

Tell friends to call you often. Explain that after the first couple of months you‟ll need their calls. Tell your friends to make a specific date with you; none of this “we must get together for lunch”. Remind them that…

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The Robin’s Song

It’s spring once again. Our part of the world is turning back towards the sun; trees are leafing out; wildflowers are blooming. Robins are again singing to one another. And, I believe, also singing to those who are grieving. Before…

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Easter and Passover

EASTER AND PASSOVER The Easter and Passover seasons are upon us. They are special family times that make it more obvious that one is missing. Some parents are struggling with what they believe. The pretty dresses and hats don’t seem…

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