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It will be a year the 31st of this month that I lost the love of my life.  It has been a year of turmoil, grief, pain, changes and growth.  Ray's birthday in July followed by our anniversary 4 days later was my first "special" days without him.  I won't lie, it hurt like hell and I cried.  I bought cards, signed them and wrote my special messages to him and then took them...


I remember New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1994. Nina loved any opportunity for a celebration. She invited a couple of her high school friends over, planned games, tried some new recipes, and bought her customary bottle of sparkling apple cider to drink out of plastic champagne glasses. Nina rivaled Martha Stewart when it came to her enthusiasm for entertaining! Her friends stayed overnight and...


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Holidays are often difficult for bereaved people and the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be particularly hard. The days are filled with reminders of the loss and with painful examples of things their loved one can no longer enjoy. Most bereaved people experience surges in sadness and longing during the holiday season, but over time they find ways to comfort themselves and...


              Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.  Shakespeare

We know that grieving is the ultimate stress producer. Grievers know that anniversaries, birthdays and holidays intensify the pain...


Upon the death of my precious daughter Nina on my birthday, May 11, 1995, I became eligible for the “club” that no parent wants to ever belong.  That “club” is The Compassionate Friends (TCF), a self-help group for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who have experienced the death...


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