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In the beginning there were two officers at my door. They were telling me my Joey had died in a sudden death accident early that morning. I explained to them that couldn't be as I rushed about the room collecting Joey's pictures and debate awards. Of course he's alive "see".

Somehow I made it through that first week, (how I don't know). My husband told me I rattled right off Joey's...

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Up until this very moment, I had only admitted this to a few close friends, but the truth is the last month or so I have been occasionally frustrated with my blog page.

I pour so much of my heart and soul into it, exposing my deepest thoughts, fears and emotions. I get frustrated because I feel like...

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“What’s happening to me?” Maureen asked, her voice trembling.

“I’m nervous. I shake inside. I wake up panicky in the middle of the night. I can...

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I have this hopeful notion...still....that I'm going to wake up from this hellish dream. Yet, I never wake to that reality. Instead, I wake to a nightmare...each and every day. I also have this notion that some day I'll wake up and the pain will subside. I have yet for that to happen....and I really never expect that to really take place either. It's funny the...

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The last time I spoke to my son all seemed well. My son went through periods of depression as well as suffering from anxiety. However, as we all know humans have an ability to be great pretenders. Especially when a person wants others to think all is well in their life. I wonder sometimes if I missed something in our conversation that night.  I have come to realize there was nothing that...

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The 5 Stages of Grief (as originally established by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross) may be one of the most widely sited tools of grief- it’s also one of the more misunderstood and questioned. These days, experts in the...

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"I wonder about my brain. I forget stuff and lose things. My memory is suddenly terrible. Am I just on grief overload?" Lisa asked. 

Lisa's son Nick loved football. He was the...

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Ten years have passed since my daughter died. During this time I’ve unexpectedly burst into tears many times. I thought I would be used to this by now, but I’m not. Every time this happens I’m caught off guard, and taken by surprise. Am I a weak person? Did I miss something in my grief work?

Bursting into tears isn’t unique; it’s something that happens to all bereaved people. We have a...

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When I allow myself to think of my 20 years with my Keith,i often focus on those last 3 or 4 as they were the most unforgettable.The last 2 especially....2 years spent with 18,EIGHTEEN rehabs,some-most 3 day,some 5 day and one -the best-6 month court mandated. Those rehabs we considered "vacations". We would drive Keith,sit with him,sometimes for hours,waiting to be checked in..tell him we...

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I sat down two nights ago, feeling the need to write, but not knowing where to start. Nothing came to me..no epiphany of words came…only an emptiness of thought and being. The longer I travel this lonesome road of life as I now know it, the more I understand the fragility of life, joy, and reality. If I only knew then what I know now, I would have done so many things differently. But isn’...

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