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I Didn’t Say Goodbye

There simply wasn’t time to finish the sentence or to make sure he had everything he needed:  watch, money, schedule, notes, clean underwear. I had planned on having a nice, leisurely moment or two, simply gazing into one another’s eyes, memorizing the…

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The Greatest Grief

A sudden accident killed your child. That terrible phone call changed your life with no warning – you didn’t get to say goodbye – this has to be the most terrible loss of all. Your child died by suicide –…

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October Memories

October’s here, the air is bright, The leaves decked out in fancy dress, The clouds in shapes of animals Hang in the sky so blue. This was our time of year, your favorite. How many times did you come in,…

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Terms and Conditions

My son died ten years ago so I have a decade “under my belt” as a bereaved parent. In that decade, I think I’ve learned the Terms and Conditions of being a bereaved parent; those Terms and Conditions that must…

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The Neverending Battle With Grief

Do I get out of bed to face the morning pain?Why are my feet and my socks soaking? I stepped out of my bed into a huge puddle of hurt and anxiety. As if the room had flooded overnight and…

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Writing Through Sorrow

Jonathan died and I took notes. I dutifully recorded the tidal wave of emotion that had swept through our family in the summer of 2006. Every night I returned my precious journal to the same place so I could find…

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Protesting “How Are You?” Greetings

The person checking you out at the grocery store, the neighbors you barely know when they pass you on the street, the person handing out the bulletins when you enter church – all say casually, “How are you?” or “How are you…

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Suicide and Mental Illness: Don’t Let the Conversation Fade

Kate Spade. Robin Williams. Chester Bennington. Chris Cornell. All famous individuals who died by suicide in recent memory. After each of these deaths, the public mourned their passing together while bemoaning our country’s need to better understand mental illness, improve…

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A Grammy’s Grief

As with most holidays, Grandparents’ Day can produce many different emotions for me as a bereaved grandmother. While I am so very thankful for the three grandchildren my husband and I have living on earth, leading up to Grandparents’ Day,…

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