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A Transformative Story of Grief

When I worked with children and families who had experienced trauma, life-threatening illness, or loss, I often found that asking people to “tell their story” was a helpful way to begin our conversation.  One night, I went to visit with…

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Choosing Peace in the Midst of Pain

My son Louis was 15 when he was killed on that cold, yet sunny December 20, 1993. Louis was going to a Christmas party for the group he belonged to called Teens Against Gang Violence and was caught in the…

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What?!

The last place you want to be is in a room full of people, where they divide you into the following groups: Only Child, Long-Term Illness, Siblings, Overdose—and my personal favorite—Sudden Death. We had already gone around the wide circle…

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Handling the Holidays

The holidays are coming and I’m not ready. Everything seems to sparkle and there is always so much to do! It is a festive time, filled with joyous occasions and family gatherings. But when your family circle has been broken by…

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Grief Multiplied

One loss does not prepare you for another. My father passed away last week. He was 77 years old. He had a pacemaker, a bevy of unhealthy habits, and an assortment of health issues. And none of that made his loss…

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What Do You Remember?  

Isn’t it interesting how often we speak of our failing memories associated with deep grief, but at the same time have the sharpest recollection of certain moments woven in with the loss of our children? The remembrance of what was…

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What To Do With Grief During the Holidays

The holidays can be one of the most difficult times of the year when you are grieving the loss of a loved one. It’s typically a time to celebrate and spend with family. However, when one of your loved ones…

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Coping with the Holidays

Holidays used to be a wonderful time of year. The death of your child may have changed much of the way you move through the last weeks of the year. In this article, we will look at how bereaved parents coped…

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Support Groups Assisting Your Healing Process

It was November 13, 1988, when I experienced the most horrific, unthinkable and unimaginable event that changed my life forever. My son Michael, at age 16, died violently in an automobile accident. I’m sharing this with you because being a…

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