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The Uninvited Visitor

Some visitors are uninvited but the worst are those that leave briefly only to return again and again, always it seems when least expected. You can’t dissuade this particular uninvited visitor to stay away, though all of us try hard…

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…

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…

Support for Families of Florida

The immediate availability of bereavement counseling is welcomed, but what happens when those counselors leave? Today’s horrific news, forgotten soon by the outside world, becomes the reality for the impacted families for the rest of their lives. There is help…

Hearing Intent

The Dr. Phil Show left a voice mail for The Compassionate Friends, requesting a return call as they were looking for someone who had “successfully gotten over their grief”. Before returning the call, I mused over the “successful” phrase. One…

For the New Year

Instead of the old kind of New Year’s resolutions we used to make and break, let’s make some this year and really try to keep them. Let’s not try to imagine the future – take one day at a time….

Hope Defined

After my daughter Rachael died in 1992, my husband and I received a letter from the local TCF Chapter. Rachael died in March, we went to our first meeting in July. We sat outside in the car, debating whether or…

Messages of Hope

Throughout the month of December, we are recording individuals and their personal messages of hope. By the end of the month, there will be “31 Messages of Hope” for all to review and learn from. After losing a child at…

Carrying Memories into the New Year

With the church bells’ ringing the new year enters echoing the days of yesteryear memories of happiness the smiles of our children the sunlight within each face Who will remember these dear ones far from our yearning arms Who remembers…

The Holiday Army

Here it comes again — the Holiday Army — in its annual march against us. Some of its generals are called “Thanksgiving,” “Christmas,” “Hanukkah,” “New Year’s Eve” and “New Year’s Day.” They are no respecters of the heartbroken and emotionally…

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