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After reading a recent article in the Medical Journal of Australia I was disgusted with the perspective put forward that there is no benefit for parents in holding their stillborn child.  Whilst I lost my daughter four days after birth I couldn’t fathom what I might be feeling today if I did not get the chance to bond with her.  How can a parent...

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If you have ever lost a loved one, it is a comfort to know that at some point the person will most likely try to make contact with you.  I refer to these special encounters as “angel whispers.”  While doing research for my books, I spoke to numerous individuals in various parts of the world who were fortunate enough to experience these events.  They happened at times when the...

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You Knew an Angel

 

By Cindy Adkins

 

So many of us go through the process of grief without realizing that our lives have, indeed, been touched by angels.  I don’t mean the kind of beings with wings that are in the heavens and play harps.  I am talking about real-life angels.  So, if they are suddenly taken from us, it leaves a hole so deep not...

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It has been a very exciting and difficult 2.5 years trying to develop this book for grieving dads.  There were times I wasn’t sure it was going to happen and there were other times I thought I had taken on more than I could handle.  Times were I asked myself “am I the one to be doing this?”  It was a challenge to hear the stories and see the raw emotions, the pain...

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So while out shopping I came across something that I really liked.  As a woman you must know that we always want what we want, we like to decorate our homes to look good, when presented with a good deal it is even better (LOL).  The whole time while admiring the brown ottoman my whole intent was to just have it to add to our new space....

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One day about a year after my husband's death, I was sitting by a river watching my son play with his cousins. I glanced down and saw a red leaf lying on the stones. Radiant it lay dying against the sharp angles of the stones. I couldn't take my eyes from it. Somehow it spoke to emotions that were buried deep within my soul. Using my compact, digital camera, I took a photo that became the...

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I would like to give you a real quick foundation update.
  1. Our annual appreciation picnic will be held on one Sunday in September. It will be held at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. Date TBD.
  2. Our Angel walk(s) were excellent. A little rain at Tradwinds but the walk went off anyways! 300 people stuck it out and it turned out to be an awesome and emotional...
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And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
 ~ Lee Greenwood

The first time I visited our nation's capital many years ago, I was struck by the extraordinary size and power (as well as the sheer number) of the beautiful and moving monuments to be found there. In a sense,...

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Listen to the words

And see the tears

Here the pain

And feel the fear

 

I am not the same

Grief has me torn

Emotions flood me

As I continue to mourn

 

I don’t understand it

And don’t like the reason

Grief has strengthened me

To face any season

 

You see the changes

And say I am strong...

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Sometimes in life we are deeply touched by visions as well as thoughts of the past.  Unexpectedly we are brought to the pain of the...

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