To Grieve Properly is More Natural Than You Think

Before our daughter passed, it was pretty natural for us to talk with our family, friends and co-workers about her.  She was born with cerebral palsy, and it caused issues with her both physically and intellectually.  She was perpetually 5 years old and, at nearly 25 years of age, loved Barney, the Wiggles and Disney... Continue Reading →


When parents await their first child, they are bombarded by advice, counsel and stories about "firsts". First cry. First smile.  First rolling over. First tooth. First crawl. First steps. First word. First full night of sleep.  These are described as rights of passage, and worn with badges of honor.  For Ted and me, our first... Continue Reading →

A Bit More Time: The “Final” Chapter

We planned Dorothie's memorial service for later in the summer.  It gave us time to contact family, and for our friend, and former priest, to officiate. It really is a surreal experience to be sitting down with family, planning a memorial service for your child.  I had helped plan services for other family, from grandparents to... Continue Reading →

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