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Ten-Year Anniversary is a Life Marker 

“The 10th anniversary of Helen’s death is coming up,” I told my husband. “I think we should do something significant—write a large check to the food bank or the public library.” John nodded his head in agreement. Helen died from…

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My Worldwide Candle Lighting Experience

Lighting a candle is usually simple, but when I lit one in memory of my niece during the Worldwide Candle Lighting® this year, I found it to be very difficult. As I was getting ready for church, I received a…

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Grief, Healing, and Time 

Today someone I loved died. I can’t believe it. I don’t believe it. I won’t believe it. Family comes. Friends come. The phone keeps ringing. The doorbell rings again and again. The ringing seems far away. I hear it but…

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The Gift of the TCF Worldwide Candle Lighting

As the major holidays approached in the late autumn of 1995, I could feel my anxiety level and deep sadness intensify. Just months before, on my birthday, May 11th, my precious daughter…my Nina…a bright and vivacious 15-year-old with a promising…

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Awakenings

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. ~ Ernest Hemingway For years I cursed spring… During that time my heart woke to the bitterness of life. In the harsh frost of winter, my anguish…

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TCF’s Transformation

I have been honored to serve as President of The Compassionate Friends’ National Board of Directors. After six years of service, I now leave this all-volunteer board confident in our leadership’s commitment to expand TCF’s outreach to grieving families nationwide. Every…

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Giving Thanks

As fall settles in, we shift with the season and focus on the changing leaves, the crisp weather, and giving thanks. Some feel autumn is a sad time when plants shed their leaves and the landscape takes on a cold,…

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Reflections From a First-Time TCF Conference Attendee 

Imagine a thousand people from around the world taking over the Costa Mesa Hilton: lighting candles, attending workshops, listening to speakers and music. Complete strangers crying, hugging, even laughing in every corner and elevator—it was a big lovefest, kind of…

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