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Spring Cleaning

We used to live in a townhouse, one of those inventions designed to minimize housekeeping chores, mortgage payments and a tendency to accumulate more things than one needs to cross the Sahara in summer. We moved there because I liked…

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Hope, Comfort, and Light

As the holidays approach, we are reminded of the importance of caring for each other, especially this time of the year, when our pain of loss can seem the most unbearable. At The Compassionate Friends, we offer support and comfort…

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Thanksgiving of Life

Only a month after Daniel’s death, Thanksgiving arrived, full of symbols of plentiful harvest and thankfulness, while we felt bereft of everything. We fled to Maryland. There, among the many around my sister’s table, Daniel’s empty place stood out less…

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Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead: Eat, Speak and Remember

The Oxford English dictionary defines “remember” as to “have in or be able to bring one’s mind an awareness of someone or something from the past.” I have thought a lot about remembering or memory since our son Mack died…

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Helpful Insights to Self-Care in Grief

I have just passed the 26th year of missing my son, Adam. He was a pilot and died while giving a lesson to a student. He had an engine problem and could not survive when they landed. Adam was only…

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Heart Connections – Daily Actions to Support Grief

Grief is felt and experienced differently depending on the time frame since the death of your child, sibling, or grandchild. It’s common to feel overwhelmed and hopeless at any time, but especially when the loss is more recent. When those…

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Soar On My Sweet Son

A balloon flew out of my car trunk today Just took flight soaring away Watching the balloon as it flew The horrible pain came back just like The day we had to physically let you go. I watched that balloon…

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Autumn Memories

My son and I always enjoyed the autumn season. Yes, when we lived in the cold zone, we knew that winter’s winds and snows were on the way. But, yet, we took time to enjoy the beautiful array of colors…

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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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Summer Delight

Where is the child who skipped through the sprays of summer rain and laughed his way into my heart? Where is the boy who climbed my trees and spied on me from behind the leaves? Where is the child with…

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