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  • ‘You’re SO Strong’: A Misunderstanding of Grief

    Posted on May 20, 2022 - by Brooke Carlock

    In the months following my 10-year-old daughter Libby’s death, there was one phrase that I heard over and over again.  “You’re SO strong.” People whispered it in my ear in […]

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  • Inscribing a Headstone: The Importance of Tradition

    Posted on April 21, 2022 - by Larry Hirschhorn

    Headstone for a Son My son Aaron died this past March in a boating accident. He was 42 years old. He leaves behind a wife, three children and heartbroken parents. […]

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    From Grief to Gratitude

    Posted on March 3, 2022 - by Meghan Smith Brooks

    From Grief to Gratitude “I am still grieving my son’s loss as if it happened yesterday.  A bright part of my life is forever extinguished. I have come to realize […]

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    Diary of a Bereaved Mother, Part 2

    Posted on January 20, 2022 - by Terri Leidich

    The following is an excerpt from From a Grieving Mother’s Heart. An excerpt from earlier in this book containing the diary of a bereaved mother is available here.   Diary […]

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    Dreaming About My Daughter

    Posted on January 2, 2022 - by Patsy Freeman

    It was an extraordinary night dreaming about my daughter. In the dream, my throat was covered with layers of stuff that prevented me from speaking out. I began coughing and […]

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    Mom’s First Birthday Without Daughter

    Posted on January 2, 2022 - by Patsy Freeman

    I was dreading my first birthday without my daughter, and I knew that if I didn’t mark it differently it would be unbearable. The days leading up to it are […]

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    First Days After My Child’s Death

    Posted on January 2, 2022 - by Patsy Freeman

    It’s the first days after my child’s death. I write her a letter. Dear Jasmine, I’m in agony and spend ages just sitting on the sofa. It’s hard to describe […]

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  • Forever Loved: Parents Love Their Deceased Children

    Posted on December 18, 2021 - by Lydia Hill

    Tim and Donna Culliver had nothing to worry about. That’s what the doctor told the Brenham, Texas, couple when Donna brought in their 4-year-old son, Adam, after he developed a […]

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    Grief Tools to Support You

    Posted on December 12, 2021 - by Catherine McNulty

    Grief Tools for Support As I walked down the concrete path away from the hospital that had become my reality, grief came over me like a tidal wave. I wasn’t […]

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    Re-imagining the Advent Candles

    Posted on November 27, 2021 - by Elizabeth Brady

    Re-imagining the Advent Candles During the season of Advent 2003, I was eight months pregnant with our son Mack, who was born January 16, 2004. Our daughter, Izzy, had just […]

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    Messages from My Deceased Son

    Posted on November 17, 2021 - by Meryl Beck

    Messages from My Deceased Son At the age of thirty-five, my son chose to end his life here on earth. Here was the first of my messages from my deceased […]

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    Master Class in Helplessness: When a Child Gets Cancer

    Posted on November 1, 2021 - by Greg Adams

    A Master Class in Helplessness I was talking with my wife not long ago, and I shared that I had been talking with someone the childhood cancer world. In my […]

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    The Gifts from Losing You

    Posted on October 28, 2021 - by Sara Green

    The concept of finding meaning in life while living with tragedy sparked something in me and opened me up to the possibility there could be some gifts and blessings that […]

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    Recognizing Signs From the Afterlife

    Posted on October 25, 2021 - by Linda Zelik

    Recognizing Signs From the Afterlife Some may say that the idea of recognizing signs from the afterlife is paranormal, metaphysical or just plain crazy. I used to be one of […]

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    Self-Care is Grief Care

    Posted on October 24, 2021 - by Sara Green

    If you had told me that losing one of my children was going to be on my life’s path, I would have told you that I couldn’t do it.  Yet, […]

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    Nothing Can Prepare You

    Posted on October 21, 2021 - by Sara Green

    On June 27, 2019, our cherished and deeply loved son and brother, Patrick Michael Green, was ripped away from us in a sudden accident.  The shock was indescribable; the pain […]

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    From Grieving to Grateful

    Posted on October 10, 2021 - by Meryl Beck

    From Grieving to Grateful After losing five-year-old Ryan in 1993 to viral encephalitis, Tina Zarlenga discovered that giving back would actually save her.  It started with something simple: volunteering to […]

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