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  • Exploring Contact Through a Medium

    Posted on March 7, 2023 - by Kim Pierce

    Death of my Partner I expected my fiancé to meet me at the airport that day in 1998. Instead, a friend was there, and he delivered the fateful words: “Kim, […]

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  • Will I Ever Feel Again? Numbness and Suicide

    Posted on February 27, 2023 - by Brian Smith

    During the early stages of grief, you might notice that you can’t feel, and you may ask yourself: Will I ever feel again? This emotional numbness is normal and will […]

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  • Parental Guilt After Suicide

    Posted on February 20, 2023 - by Linda Zelik

    Causes of Suicide Complex Suicide is tragically all too common today. And it is one of the most complicated and heartbreaking ways to lose someone you love, especially a child. The […]

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  • About Your Room: Letting Go of a Son’s Belongings

    Posted on February 16, 2023 - by Elizabeth Brady

    Dismantling the Room Your blue camo backpack hung on the back of your desk chair with your Pittsburgh Penguins baseball cap on top of it for eight years. It was […]

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  • Valentine’s Day Triggers Mother’s Grief

    Posted on February 8, 2023 - by Janice Bell Meisenhelder

    From the author of  Surviving the Unthinkable: The Loss of a Child: Meisenhelder, Janice Bell: 9780979651120: Amazon.com: Books My firstborn, Melissa, was a hopeless romantic! She loved Valentine’s Day ever […]

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  • Husband Admires Wife’s Strength After Child-Loss

    Posted on February 8, 2023 - by Ken Lefkowitz

    This is an excerpt from Weave Our Destiny, by Ken Lefkowitz. This scene comes after the death of the second of two of his children, one stillborn, the other just […]

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  • Father Writes a Musical for Deceased Son

    Posted on January 23, 2023 - by Larry Hirschhorn

    A Shocking Loss My son Aaron Hirschhorn died in a boating accident in Miami bay on March 28, 2022. He was a month shy of 43 years old. He left […]

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    Final Vigil for Our Son: Organ Donation

    Posted on January 7, 2023 - by Sherry Cassedy

    Final Vigil for Our Son Three days after Timmy had left his body, Matt and I were again at his bedside, waiting to say goodbye to our son’s body, to […]

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  • Christmas Alone is Different Kind of Christmas

    Posted on December 18, 2022 - by Annah Elizabeth

    Coping with Christmas Alone Christmas has always been my most favorite time of year, Neighbor. The twinkling lights, the glitter, the festive colors, and a human generosity that seems more […]

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  • ‘Our Marriage Would Hold Us’: Family after Child-Loss

    Posted on December 17, 2022 - by Sherry Cassedy

    Fog of Disbelief The morning after our son’s accident, my husband Matt and I sat with the neurosurgeon in a small reception room off the hospital trauma unit. He explained […]

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  • Marriage after Child-Loss: Enduring the Worst Together

    Posted on December 15, 2022 - by Sherry Cassedy

    The Call It is the call in the middle of the night that every parent dreads. Like other parents, I had carried a constant prayer in my heart for 30 […]

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  • Art Brings Hope: Faces Not Forgotten

    Posted on November 28, 2022 - by Lois Schaffer

    The following is excerpted from From Bullet to Bullhorn: Stories of Advocacy Activism and Hope, by Lois Schaffer, a compilation of stories by 18 people located in various states throughout […]

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  • Son’s Death Inspires Activism

    Posted on November 25, 2022 - by Lois Schaffer

    The following is excerpted from From Bullet to Bullhorn: Stories of Advocacy Activism and Hope, by Lois Schaffer, a compilation of stories by 18 people located in various states throughout […]

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  • How Holidays Have Changed Since My Daughter Died

    Posted on November 16, 2022 - by Brian Smith

    This Christmas will be the eighth Christmas since my daughter Shayna passed away at the age of just fifteen years old. While Shayna was (and is) special in many ways, […]

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  • Mother Responds to Gun Violence

    Posted on November 13, 2022 - by Lois Schaffer

    Mother Responds to Gun Violence The following is excerpted from From Bullet to Bullhorn: Stories of Advocacy Activism and Hope, by Lois Schaffer, a compilation of stories by 18 people […]

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  • When the Pregnancy Test Looks Bad

    Posted on October 30, 2022 - by Ken Lefkowitz

    The Pregnancy Test Looks Bad “The baby may be developing the same thing that caused our first baby’s death,” I informed my mother in a broken voice. My face was […]

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  • Mothers After Suicide: Potent Memories

    Posted on October 26, 2022 - by Jean Williams

    Watering the Apple Tree Less than a year before he died, our son Joshua watered our apple tree often. I doubted the watering he did would help, because the tree […]

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