Category Archives: Grieving

Grieving for My Mother: Part Two

After they took my mother to the funeral home, my brother, his significant other, Susan, and I headed back to the hotel in Delray Beach. It was after ten o’clock and almost everything was closed. We stumbled into Boston’s near the beach and convinced them to serve us. A live blues band made it hard

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Grieving for my Mother: Part One

Where to begin? Twenty-three hours ago I held my mother’s arm as she died. She was 89 and I had lived with the probability of her death for years. She had a bad heart and whenever the phone rang and I saw it was from her caregiver, I thought it would be THAT call. Your

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Remembering a Great Child Advocate: In Loving Memory of Patti Dorsey

ANGELS AMONGST US By Jim Monroe Angels aren’t just in heaven There are angels all around Patti was the best example Of this that can be found Angels aren’t just in heaven They surround us every day Patti was a fine example Helping children find their way Each child deserves A helping hand A place

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Loss of Father: An AfterTalk Letter on the Anniversary of my Father’s Death

Dad, The summer after you died, I went through the attic.  I was not looking for your things.  Honestly, I was looking for vintage clothes from Mom’s old wardrobe.  I’m not ashamed of that, because the skeletal mounds of your things around the house were suffocating.  Shirts and pants and underwear, and Mom couldn’t get rid of them,

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Talking to Children About Death: A Personal Journey and a Chance for You to Help Others

I remember being told that the grieving process was a journey.  It would hit me at different times, in unexpected moments and in unanticipated ways.  When I was nine years old and my sister suddenly passed away, I think I processed grief similarly to many other children.  I was not able to understand the medical

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