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“I’m going to a national conference for children that have died.” This statement does not bring to mind happy people, drinking at the bars, gathering around pianos singing songs, and lonely businessmen chasing pretty young...




These Three Weeks ...

Grievers all have a certain date that designates when they lost a loved one. After the death of my 30-year-old son, a loving friend who'd experienced the same tragedy taught me to call them “...

An Empirical Man

For the majority of my life, I never bought in to the idea that our loved ones could survive death by communicating their continued existence to us. I was too busy trying to handle my day-to-day responsibilities of being a son, husband, father, and addictions counselor to give much thought to what existed...


I didn't know.

There are so many things I didn't know four years ago. Would knowing them have changed my life, probably not, because let's face it, you don't really *know* anything until it happens to you.

I didn't know that the hug and kiss as I rushed out the door would be the last one, ever. I didn't know that the compliment I affectionately laughed off as being because he...


   My son only got to stay here a short time.  He spent nine months inside of me, learning everything about me as I learned everything about him-just as I had my daughters.  He tried so hard to make it to the hospital but his heart just couldn't beat one more time, although mine tried to beat for his....It has been almost two years since that fateful summer day in june and...


almost 16 months ago my world came crashing down. You were one day gone the next. At first it was all I could do just to get the the day. I was alone two younge girls by my siide. No husband, no dad no helper no idea what todo. 

Days turned to weeks, weeks to months time went by slow at first. I cried every day. Lost could not figer out my. I stayed strong as I as i could not for me...


We lost our beloved Greg on 1/21/2014 from pneumonia. He was our special Down Syndrome child so loveable and innocent. We love and miss him so much he was our life so funny and sweet. Don't know how to go on without him . We love you baby.



This is an article I was asked to write to bring awarness to Factor V Leiden, blood clot disorder.  This is what Theresa died from and.  Everyone needs to be made aware of this disorder to prevent further deaths.


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