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Speaking from the Heart

I never know where article ideas will come from. Today I was looking at my personal Facebook news feed and saw a post from my friend, Julie, which caught my eye. Julie’s son died by suicide 4 years ago and…

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I’ll Always Be Your Dad

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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That First Summer Vacation

Summer time is here and with it you may be planning a vacation. If you have recently suffered the death of your child, that first vacation can be very difficult. I would like to share with you our experience the…

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Can Memorial Day Be Both a Day of Remembrance and Celebration?

The stores are also crowded with people preparing for activities to celebrate the beginning of summer. The roads leading to area beaches are backlogged with traffic. Cookouts and family fun activities are planned. The department stores are advertising great Memorial…

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Graduation Time 

It’s almost June and graduation time again. Your child would have been among those wearing the cap and gown, walking down the aisle to the ever stirring “Pomp and Circumstance”. Now there is a vacant spot in the line. Should…

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First Mother’s Day

I remember vividly the first Mother’s Day after my son died. Had there been a vote that year, I would have cast mine for the abolition of Mother’s Day. I didn’t want there to be such a day and I…

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Speaking from the Heart

As a country music fan, and a singer and songwriter who has lived in Nashville, I always loved the Hank Williams Jr. song “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down).” For those of you who may not be familiar with the song, the title pretty much says…

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Making Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Special

Here are a few hints to help you through these days after the loss of a child. Pamper yourself-this is a special day in your life. You are a parent forever and your child is your child forever. Do what…

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Create a Memory Garden

The physical activity of working and tending to a garden can give comfort and quiet time to remember the special memories that you once shared. Creating a memory garden will help you feel closer to those you lost and create…

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How Long Does It Take?

As long as it takes; that’s how long it takes. It’s not about forgetting. It’s about hurting. And I know that if I am alive twenty years from now, and I happen to look at a blue sky with puffy…

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