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Musings on Halloween, Past and Present

As I type this, the nip in the October air is a reminder that the major holidays are just around the corner. Halloween paraphernalia has been in the stores since July with Christmas decorations right behind them. For those of…

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Speaking from the Heart

For everything there is a season, and for me the season of being the Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends will come to an end before the next issue of the E-Newsletter is published. What an honor it has been…

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Act on Your Grief

Joann is an actress. She is also a bereaved parent. She shared with me that when the emotions of her grief welled up inside of her she would act them out. She would become the voice of her anger or…

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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…

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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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