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Hope = The Compassionate Friends

Olivia was born still – an umbilical cord too tightly wound. Lucas was two days old when he died from complications. Greta was only two years old when she was killed by falling debris. Max was seven when he died…

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Storing Your Digital Memories

The lives of my wife and I were forever changed on November 25, 2010. At 5:15 in the morning, I got the phone call that no parent ever wants to receive. On the other end of the line, someone was…

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Returning to My Core

I often think that if my deceased younger sister heard people say that her suicide defines my career path and who I am, she’d burst out laughing. After all, I was the sister who put the tape down on the…

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The Eternal Legacy of Names

When people reference a deceased person, it is not unusual to hear his or her name referred to in the past tense. For example, upon learning that two of my sons are deceased, I have been asked: “What were their…

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A Heart Never Forgets

Darkest hour… For years I lamented about how I never got to say goodbye to Alyssa. Our family had been together just hours before celebrating my niece Alana’s 12th birthday. And although it never registered until just now, in a…

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The Evolution of Grieving

July 30th marked the ninth anniversary of my son David’s death. Since that day, I have been mourning his loss. I am not being morbid or hyperbolic; just descriptive, stating a fact. I suffer Perpetual Sorrow Syndrome, the unquenchable yearning…

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Dear Compassionate Friends

In 1968 in England, two young boys, Kenneth Lawley and Billy Henderson, died in a hospital, one dear lad from disease and the other youngster from a motor vehicle accident. About ten years earlier, a teenager named Simon Stephens had…

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Mandy

On December 6, 2009, my precious daughter, Mandy, at the age of 23, died in her sleep of unknown causes. It’s been over three years now, and as I visit the cemetery, to decorate for every season, or visit her…

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Finding Hope After the Death of My Son

The black granite marker said it all: Scott Preston Horsley II, 1965–1983. It was simple, dignified, and solid. Just like our son whose grave it marked. His life was erased a few minutes before Easter when the car he was…

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