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“It’s not like they’re family.”

That was the original title of the book I promised to write. It was the spring of 2006, and I was sitting in the coffeehouse around the corner from my daughter’s school. My friend, Delle, sat across from me, sipping her green tea chai latte.

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What Grief has taught me

1) It's like an ocean, someday a it's calm, other days, the waves will hit you with full force.
2) It's possible to ask why a million times a day but never get an answer.
3) Watching your parents grieve their child is probably the worst thing anyone can ever witness.
4) It feels like the world has ended at first, you'll be mad at people for...

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Things I have learned about Grief

I never really understood my grief until I came out of the fog after losing my mom. People would say the wrong things at the wrong times and friends would abandon me because it was too much to deal with. I read so many articles, books or really anything I could get my hands on to help me with my grief. That’s when I realized not a single book could sum...

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I wasn’t prepared. Nope. I wasn’t prepared for grief to grab me by the throat at my granddaughter’s wedding. Before the service my surviving daughter, a family therapist, handed me some tissues. “Brace yourself, Mom,” she advised. “They are going to show photos of Helen.” Minutes later the photo montage began, photos of my deceased daughter holding her newborn twins, photos of the twins as...

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In death nobody wins only pain and sadness is left in the living. only regret and remorse for the things left undone or never touched upon.  I am broken so full of sadness that not even on a good day full of laughter am I complete. I grieve the death of my brother and I also grieve the death of my sons mother that is no longer complete that even though I try to be100%, I am not and...

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Today They Set The Stone.

Losing BarryBear has been the hardest thing in my life thus far that I've had to face. This time last year we were planning our only vacation alone and our "honeymoon...

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I panicked when I first realized I don’t have your voice recorded anywhere: no voicemail, no video clip with sound.  A few seconds only of a soundless video clip when I was testing my new camera is the only "live" evidence left...I am so afraid I will forget the sound of your voice.

So I went through all the emails exchanged between us in our 22 months together.  It...

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