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Forever Young

In the past 11 months, I have experienced a lifetime of firsts. Your first birthday....after your death, Memorial Day....after your death, the anniversary of your injury in August that started us down this road, September...the week Taylor and I came to visit you. November....my birthday....the first one without you here...last year you were...

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Here I am and would give anything to hear you
I would give a big hug so tight
I would have helped you make it right
So many demons and dark issues would appear
You were so strong you never shed a tear
We were so much alike
In so many ways
I was your mini me
Up until the very next day
I'll always love you my dad my best friend
I pray and hope...

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I must be dumb. I keep expecting life to be smooth, even when I’m grieving.

I know I expect “smoothness” because I get upset when life is bumpy. Silly. Life has always been bumpy.

I know that loss, grief, recovery, and healing are hard. Yet, I get surprised when my hurt hearts or my emotions are out of whack. I’m shocked when I get hit by a grief burst. Somehow I expect challenges...

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                                               Rocks, Angels, and 18 months

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The Letter Every Caregiver Should Write

Life doesn't come with a manual, and neither does caring for a loved one who is dying. And yet so many caregivers I've met follow such a similar pattern of behavior, it...

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If you cannot point your finger n like on the persons bday, you need to be cut out like cancer..Selfish and Arrogant is what you are, what is so sad
You won't get very far, no more running back to me
My life is a happy one and I was set free
To be happy, to laugh and live my life
You know nothing about being a wife
Too Selfish to understand
Too arrogant to be part...

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I've lost some battles 

but won the war

its so important

snd so much more

I strive each day to make a new

a start to be a brand new you

I'm excited to be all that I am 

and so much more

like I said I lost the battle

but I won the war

I wake up each day 

and thank the Lord

for always showing me 

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in a moment in time

my world changed so fast

ill never forget how hard I worked

to put behind me my past

memories always remind me

Time goes way too fast

love one anonther 

and make it last

in a moments time

your life can change 

1, 2, 3, I learned its best

to worry about me

and of course my family 

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Meditation and Grief

 

 

As parents, we raise our children with love, hope and the belief in endless possibilities. All children come into this world absolutely perfect, just as they are. We hold them, dry their tears, share their joy and build our lives together. Our...

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MEMORY IN MOTION

 

 

As parents, we all want our children to be remembered. This does not change once a child dies. What does change is that people will often stop talking about our children once they no longer exist in this physical world. For a bereaved parent, our children will always exist. They exist in our hearts, in our memories...

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