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When someone dies, many people feel the need to express their condolences. It is only polite, after all. However, it’s not easy to come up with the right thing to say in such an awkward situation. It often turns the most eloquent person into a babbling annoyance who says the wrong thing at the wrong time.

One of the common platitudes that people offer is “Let me know if there’s anything...


What a hell of a ride it has been. I look back over the last 22 months and I am in awe at how far I've come, yet how stagnant I've become. I feel I need to speak directly to those struggling parents out there or to those that are trying to love and be there for those struggling. It's one hell of a torturous road.

You say you get it and you understand and you recognize, but I am here to...


The loss of a loved one can be a devastating experience and we suddenly find ourselves navigating a new path in life.

It is a path that we cannot plan and there is no fixed address.

Grief takes you in so many different directions that can surprise you in any given moment.

It is important to acknowledge your feelings...


Cat Zen

Animals have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I have been both a dog and cat owner; every time one of them died, the pain of grief was intense. I always considered my pets to be a part of our family. I have always viewed my pets as loyal and faithful companions but never really gave much...




I was asked a very important question about suicide and people wanting to take their life so I thought I would expand on that here. I was asked “What would you say to a person if they were considering suicide, now that you know how it hurts? ”

In all honesty my perspective about suicide has remained pretty much the same. People believe that if someone is...


I wish you would...


Remember him and say his name. Remember when his birthday comes. Remember his smile and how it warmed your heart.


Acknowledge the pain I am in...because it's going to be here for a long time and life doesn't just go on for me. The weight of...


Having lost so many significant people in my life, I found it very hard to move through the grieving process and became stuck in the darkness of pain and the depression of grief. My husband bought me an Angel book where I found this poem.



Life's pain can bring a flood of tears, the heart can feel as if it's been torn to pieces. Our minds can feel like it feels like mush. But the Love and lost look we have can seem as if going on seems impossible. The feelings that ground our hearts down can easily find separating from everyone is the answer, but remember someone needs you.

Life still continues during your grieving time....


“Through their eyes!”

The 3 i’s; The ignorant, the insensitive and the idiot

What to say to a grieving person

For most people, attending a visitation and Funeral is difficult, and whilst each funeral is different, i.e. some are more devastating as a result of the circumstances surrounding the death,...


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