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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...

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"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...

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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...

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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...

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"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...

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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...

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It is almost 4 years now that my son died. It seems like a lifetime. Sometimes, I look at his picture and it becomes yesterday for a little while.  Yesterday, when I could hug him, tell him how much I love him and look into his sweet blue eyes. So much has happened after losing him and yet, I am still here. There were times I wondered if I would be for much longer, after all, everyone...

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  How do I heal knowing that the last words between myself and my loved one who passed to Heaven were harsh?  It is a very common...

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On the first anniversary of my daughter’s death my husband and I held a graveside ceremony. It was a small gathering—a few family members, our daughter’s two children (they’re fraternal twins), the man our daughter planned to marry, and two close friends. To give the ceremony meaning, I typed a list of my daughter’s values, and printed our copy for each person.

It was brutally cold in...

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