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Real Men Grieve

On July 12th, as part of the 2014 TCF National Conference in Chicago, a first-of-its-kind symposium will be held on the subject of men in grief. This special 3-hour program presented for-men-only will explore the challenges, issues and opportunities that…

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Getting the Love Back in Your Life

Every year I like to take a survey of where I stand on my love meter. Am I on the high or the low side this year? How is my relationship with my husband, Phil? With my daughters and their…

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Minivan Moments

When my children were born, I was in my late 30s, climbing a corporate ladder, and driving the one car I ever cared about. I am not a “car person.” I usually don’t care much about what I’m driving as…

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I Sent You a Kiss Today

I sent you a kiss today. Did you get it? I sent it by air mail. I kissed my fingers and then opened them to the breeze and watched it go. I tucked in some hugs and well wishes, too….

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Shining a Light

As the major holidays approached in late autumn of 1995, I was filled with anxiety and deep sadness. In May of that year, my 15-year-old vivacious and beautiful daughter Nina was senselessly and tragically killed by an alcohol-impaired driver. With a…

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Over 5 Years In

It has taken me a long time to come around to the perspective Alan Pedersen so eloquently shared with me, “Don’t be angry at those who say, ‘Get over it.’ Rather, be happy for them that they are blessed to…

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Thoughts and Thanks

We wish to thank all our sponsors, volunteers, keynote speakers, workshop presenters, entertainers, sharing session facilitators and attendees for making our 41st National Conference a huge success. To view the Walk to Remember photos, view our Facebook album. To see photos of the Conference,…

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Voicing the Horror

On a bright Spring day, I got an e-mail from our chapter leader, Cathy, that said something like, “Anita, I just reserved the room at the hotel for the TCF national conference in Costa Mesa. Are you going to room…

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The Arch

This piece was beautifully written by Pamela Hagens. Samuel’s Mom, from the TCF Nashville Chapter, as well as read by her at the 41st TCF National Conference at the Friday luncheon on July 27, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. The…

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“That Room” Becomes Home

The setting is a little strange. “That Room” is longer than it is square. The chairs are in an oblong circle, boxes of tissue are strategically placed. Someone has made coffee and there are brownies or a cake—and all the…

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