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When loss hits, our world changes. This includes our relationships. No one seems to understand. People disappear. We wonder, "Where did everyone go?"

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I’ve become so damn exhausted, and I don’t know if it’s from not sleeping or if it’s because I miss you so bad, because before you left was the last full 8 of hours of rest that I had.

Now I stay up until the sun begins to rise,  and until the birds start to chirp, because it’s hard to lie still with all of this hurt.

My hands and feet have been shaking...

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Don’t tell me that you know how I feel, because you don’t have the slightest clue,  and you never had to watch your entire world die right in front of you.

I know you might mean well, but those words won’t bring me any comfort, because the only time I felt okay was when I held her hand, and right now I don’t need anyone else telling  me that god had a bigger...

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Grief is an up-and-down, seemingly unpredicatable process. We think we're making "progress" and then feel slammed back into the loss all over again. One step forward...two steps back...

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Life, at least my life, isn’t about me fixing “me”. There are just some things that life throws our way that cannot be fixed, no matter how hard you try.  Life, though, as painful as those unexpected things it tosses our way is about finding yourself.  But for me, it's was finding myself in the present. Not who I use to be before the tragic event that happened in my life and...

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It’s difficult to describe the pain of losing a loved one. It may be one of the hardest experiences of your life, and the grief can linger for weeks. In the days and months following the loss, you might experience concentration difficulties, irritation, sleep problems, loneliness and bouts of extreme sadness.

Studies show that stressful life events...

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May 22, 1991 My first love, my first son who would become my first best friend, came into this world two days overdue.
July 8, 2015 I was told he would never wake again and that I need to come fast.
July 9, 2015 I said I will see you soon and he left this world way too early.
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How to Support Someone Who’s Grieving

At some point in a person’s life, they will experience the pain and distress of grief. It can be a loved one, a friend or a parent, but no matter who it is, the process is the same. Grief can affect people in many different ways, and it is important that those around them are there to help and support them. If you know someone that...

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We've been hit by loss. Everything seems to have changed. Our lives have been upended, and even our sleep is disrupted. Fatigue becomes the norm. 

 

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Version 1) - My Dad, becomes a dad.

My first father’s day came in 1968, I do not remember it as I was only 6 weeks old but I know it was good. Father's day changed again 4 years later with the birth of my brother and again in 6 more years with the birth of my sister. It is at this point that I have my first memories of father's Day, each year was slightly different, some years we would...

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