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When my son died, I received a lot of advice. I found people do not know what to say. They default to the things they have been conditioned to say during these times. It came from many different sources, most of which had never lost a child. The advice came from good intentions, but it was hollow. Not at all what I needed in that moment.

When someone would tell me it would be OK, I was...

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You are the strength within my soul Mom

You are the rock on which I stand

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"I didn't think counseling would help. I was wrong," Charles shared.

Charles' son Jonathan was an independent kid with a strong personality. Somehow, he got through high school unscathed...

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Michelle,

It’s National Widows Day.

May 3rd.

I know you don’t pay a lot of attention to these types of things.

But I also know you heard.

I see you cry. Every single day.

It hurts me still.

I wish there was another way.

You...

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There’s never a good time or good way to lose someone we love, but if we experience the sudden loss of a loved one…is it harder?

 
I shy away from this type of debate in the groups...
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Often times in my journey there is a common question that comes up. What about their ashes? I don't want to share their ashes is that okay? I want to share their ashes in numerous places is that okay? I just can't seem to part with their ashes and I feel like I am not honoring their wishes, what do I do?

The answer to these questions is, there is absolutely no wrong way of handling their...

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I’ve been asked on more than one occasion about HOPE. Where I found it, where do I continue to find it after my world has been shattered after losing my son Brian two years ago in a car accident. How did HOPE become the key word for me when I started my leadership support group which helps other parents after they have lost a child.

Hope was not easy to find. Here I am two years later...

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That car accident and your death took away alot of things from you and I, but the one thing, the most important thing it could never take away, is my being your MOM! Because of you I am a MOM! Because of you I am #motherhoodrewritten...

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I always have you on my mind
That's because your one of a kind
Your beautiful as well as sweet
I will always be here for you to tweet

My memories of us when we were younger
There was always so much food no one would complain about hunger

Thanksgiving was my favorite day
It was at Massapequa
Not far away

The memories I hold so near and dear to my...

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