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Hearing Intent

The Dr. Phil Show left a voice mail for The Compassionate Friends, requesting a return call as they were looking for someone who had “successfully gotten over their grief”. Before returning the call, I mused over the “successful” phrase. One…

For the New Year

Instead of the old kind of New Year’s resolutions we used to make and break, let’s make some this year and really try to keep them. Let’s not try to imagine the future – take one day at a time….

Hope Defined

After my daughter Rachael died in 1992, my husband and I received a letter from the local TCF Chapter. Rachael died in March, we went to our first meeting in July. We sat outside in the car, debating whether or…

Messages of Hope

Throughout the month of December, we are recording individuals and their personal messages of hope. By the end of the month, there will be “31 Messages of Hope” for all to review and learn from. After losing a child at…

Carrying Memories into the New Year

With the church bells’ ringing the new year enters echoing the days of yesteryear memories of happiness the smiles of our children the sunlight within each face Who will remember these dear ones far from our yearning arms Who remembers…

The Holiday Army

Here it comes again — the Holiday Army — in its annual march against us. Some of its generals are called “Thanksgiving,” “Christmas,” “Hanukkah,” “New Year’s Eve” and “New Year’s Day.” They are no respecters of the heartbroken and emotionally…

Grateful While Grieving

It is difficult to join in on Thanksgiving thankfulness when it crashes upon me. Grief is my uninvited guest; not just the holidays, but every day. Our core family changed. It sometimes feels like I have been knocked to the…

Thanksgiving Memory Is A Treasure

The last time I saw my son was on November 30, 2002. It was a warm, clear Saturday and he and his family had gathered with us at a friend’s home for a relaxing Saturday afternoon. Todd had arrived in…


The time draws near And the calendar says Thanksgiving is really here. Time to reflect and time to gather Thoughts of what to be thankful of. Thankful? I think not. My life is not full these days And to be…

Growing Hope

It’s been just over three weeks since becoming Executive Director of the best grief organization in the world. I may hold a slightly prejudiced view of our organization as it was the lifeline that allowed us to hold onto hope…

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