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Last October my husband’s aorta split like a garden hose. If something wasn’t done he would bleed to death. He had three emergency operations and the third left him with paralyzed legs. Thanks to physical therapy, he can stand for a minute and a half, and his right leg works. But his legs can’t support him and my husband will never walk again.

His life is different, my life is different...


Messed Up Inside

I was recently having a conversation with a guy that was buying an old ’66 Chevy truck from me and he had asked me if I had any children. There was a time I hated when people asked me that question because I wasn’t sure how to answer it. However, now I just answer it head on, “I...


“This hurts,” Sandy whispered, her face hidden in her hands.

Sandy had just lost her mother. She knew it was coming. She’d known for months. She was well prepared.



I had worked on what I thought for sure would be my third daughter's room for weeks. Pale mint green walls, on which I had hand painted Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann in swing sets. An...


“I’m going to a national conference for children that have died.” This statement does not bring to mind happy people, drinking at the bars, gathering around pianos singing songs, and lonely businessmen chasing pretty young...




These Three Weeks ...

Grievers all have a certain date that designates when they lost a loved one. After the death of my 30-year-old son, a loving friend who'd experienced the same tragedy taught me to call them “...

An Empirical Man

For the majority of my life, I never bought in to the idea that our loved ones could survive death by communicating their continued existence to us. I was too busy trying to handle my day-to-day responsibilities of being a son, husband, father, and addictions counselor to give much thought to what existed...


I didn't know.

There are so many things I didn't know four years ago. Would knowing them have changed my life, probably not, because let's face it, you don't really *know* anything until it happens to you.

I didn't know that the hug and kiss as I rushed out the door would be the last one, ever. I didn't know that the compliment I affectionately laughed off as being because he...


   My son only got to stay here a short time.  He spent nine months inside of me, learning everything about me as I learned everything about him-just as I had my daughters.  He tried so hard to make it to the hospital but his heart just couldn't beat one more time, although mine tried to beat for his....It has been almost two years since that fateful summer day in june and...


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