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Dedicated to the memory of my beautiful sister Catherine this holiday season❤️

In my heart is where I'll find you
With love free flowing and timeless
And where every heartbeat renews
Memories of a life so blessed

In my heart is where I'll find you
Your effervescent spirit a Godsend
It lifts and carries me often
'Til the day we are together again

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I met you on my morning walk. A few minutes earlier and I would never have seen you, a few moments later and someone else would've taken off with you, but I was there...

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( This was written 14 days after my sister's murder )

Disquieting Muses at the Grocery Store

If I rest, if I think inward, I go mad—Sylvia Plath

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A poem I wrote called Don't Know

 

Don't Know if I'm ready to loose you too soon,

Don't know if...

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“It’s not like they’re family.”

That was the original title of the book I promised to write. It was the spring of 2006, and I was sitting in the coffeehouse around the corner from my daughter’s school. My friend, Delle, sat across from me, sipping her green tea chai latte.

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What Grief has taught me

1) It's like an ocean, someday a it's calm, other days, the waves will hit you with full force.
2) It's possible to ask why a million times a day but never get an answer.
3) Watching your parents grieve their child is probably the worst thing anyone can ever witness.
4) It feels like the world has ended at first, you'll be mad at people for...

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Things I have learned about Grief

I never really understood my grief until I came out of the fog after losing my mom. People would say the wrong things at the wrong times and friends would abandon me because it was too much to deal with. I read so many articles, books or really anything I could get my hands on to help me with my grief. That’s when I realized not a single book could sum...

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I wasn’t prepared. Nope. I wasn’t prepared for grief to grab me by the throat at my granddaughter’s wedding. Before the service my surviving daughter, a family therapist, handed me some tissues. “Brace yourself, Mom,” she advised. “They are going to show photos of Helen.” Minutes later the photo montage began, photos of my deceased daughter holding her newborn twins, photos of the twins as...

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