Shirley Wiles-Dickinson is the youngest of four girls in a Midwestern family. In 2009, her sister was brutally murdered. She writes about her experience following this loss.
Celebration Service Brings Mother Solace
My 40-year-old son, Jeff, passed away very unexpectedly on 12/13/2018. I thought my sister’s death was the worse thing I would ever go through. Then Jeff died. It is difficult […]Read More
September 25: Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims
September 25th is the national day of remembrance for all murdered victims. This year will mark the fifth year of a national day of remembrance to those victims our nation […]Read More
Newborn Niece Completes Circle of Life
My sister died two years ago. Her first grandchild was born just over a week ago, a baby girl name Victoria. My niece, Victoria’s mother, is a strong, beautiful woman. […]Read More
A New Year’s Hope: Prayer for Peace
Prayer for Peace If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, There must […]Read More
The Gift of the Blanket
When my son was born, over thirty three years ago, I received a beautiful handmade blanket for him. I remember the day I received the blanket. My sister, Sandra, handed […]Read More
Turning a Corner?
My sister, Sandra, was murdered. I say it, I write, I think it, and still, 26 months after her death, I have moments that I can’t believe it happened. I […]Read More
Sister is Gone, Her Legacy is Immortal
“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, remains and is immortal”. ~ Albert Pine When I heard those words, I immediately […]Read More
Aftershock of a Murder
It will soon be 26 months since my beautiful sister, Sandra, lost her life by the hands of a murderer. I think back on the last 26 months and all […]Read More
Guilty! Sister Comforted That Murderer is Confined Forever
The trial for my sister’s murderer ended yesterday. It was a very intense week to say the least. The state rested about 3:30 pm. The case was turned over to […]Read More
After 700 Days, a Jury Trial for Man Accused
On August 24, 2011, I attended our 8th pre trial hearing for my sister’s murderer. Our first jury trial date was June 7, 2010, only to be continued until June […]Read More
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