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The challenges of living and coping with loss can seem insurmountable on a day-to-day basis. Trying to get through life while being assaulted by a never-ending stream of unexpected triggers is something every...



morning light a new day has begun in the life of a bum
he stammers in the curb as if a lonely bird
goes to the soup kitchen at dawn
closed off from society as if a mystery you see
pan handles for spare change to get a pint of liquor
later he retires in the mire of the shelter
everyone living so close together
he ears whispers in the dark...


"Christmas? Thanksgiving was an emotional nightmare. Can't we just skip it this year? Where's the Grinch when you need him?" Glenn asked.

"I'm planning on hiding...


Sometimes I hear you say “If only”

I hear you say, “If I had just…..”

I know you wish yourself to Heaven



How many times have you thought that your world could be shaken to its core? How many times have you thought that the person you are could change into someone you don’t know in the blink of an eye? None? That’s what I would have said several years ago, because I had never experienced tragedy…I had never experienced the loss of an immediate family member. Unfortunately, I now can identify with...


Birthdays are supposed to be fun,

but since you’ve passed away,

Birthdays are nothing but sadness.

You’re not here anymore; 

smiling, laughing, talking and celebrating...


"Our boys keep us sane and going. If it wasn't for them and my job, I would go crazy," Russell said. 

Russell's and Patricia’s daughter Talley was their middle...


It starts in October, the fatigue, body aches, sick stomach and the insomnia. I run through all the usual predictions of what could be wrong with me and this year I finally think I got it right....the grief flu.  It will be five years on November 17 that I lost my oldest daughter Jenna.  The symptoms begin when the weather changes and the leaves begin to turn to their beautiful fall...


November.....Oh how much I hate you. November is suppose to be the start of the happiest time on the calender. Thanksgiving followed by Christmas. For my family, it is the month we lost Brian in a car accident. It’s the month that changed all of our lives forever.

But here it is again, like a visitor who will not leave...November 2017....

As I sit here at work writing this I hear...


When hit by a loss, the teen’s initial response is shock. They’re stunned.


From the Grieving Teen's Heart


You're what? Dead...


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