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A High-Functioning Bereaved Parent

A High-Functioning Bereaved Parent | Grief | Scoop.it

So where am I now, 13 years after my 2 1/2 year old son, Jacob, died because of a brain tumor? One thing I can say is that my junk mail has no idea where I am.


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Jill Sadowsky's comment, March 5, 2013 7:39 AM
It is always shocking to lose a child, but now it might be time to look forward, look at the half full glass instead of the half empty one and start slowly, one step at a time, to do something that you enjoy doing. I have lost both an infant and an adult son, as well as a husband who I lived with for over 50 years and who I loved dearly, so I know about loss. I have discovered that there were only two choices in life for me - to sink into a depression, or to move on. And, I chose the latter each time. Feel free to e-mail me at any time. Find it via my website:

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One Mom's Story: PTSD Not Just for War Veterans - Huffington Post

One Mom's Story: PTSD Not Just for War Veterans - Huffington Post | Grief | Scoop.it
The suddenness of our loss shook me to the core. How could this happen when I was doing everything right? I was doing everything I was told to do....
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I've felt this way. 

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How Are You?

How Are You? | Grief | Scoop.it
Guest post by Jess McCormack "How are you?" A kind and seemingly innocuous question, asked multiple times a day. Sometimes by those with genuine interest in the answer, but also often as a customar...
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This is so me. 

 

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A heart smashed open: Mom turns grief to activism - Cincinnati.com

A heart smashed open: Mom turns grief to activism - Cincinnati.com | Grief | Scoop.it
It was a raw, overcast day in January, and Sandy Cates was growing uneasy. Her 18-year-old son, Justin Back, wasn't answering the phone at their
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Walk on Water, Don't look Down

Walk on Water, Don't look Down | Grief | Scoop.it
I was born the "Eternal Optimist". The type of little girl that always believed that if you had a bad day, then you were guaranteed to have a good day the next.  The type that not only planned my w...
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My daughters recent post on loss of brother and dad. 

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Kay Warren: A Year of Grieving Dangerously

Kay Warren: A Year of Grieving Dangerously | Grief | Scoop.it
One year after the suicide of her son, she shares her story of grief, mystery, and hope.
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This is a great read. 

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I'm Still Here

I'm Still Here | Grief | Scoop.it
The tears fall savagely from my face as they lower his small coffin into the ground. Then like a whisper in the wind I hear, "I'm still here". I look around me, but the only people there are my fam...
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Worn Out, Tuckered Out...Grief -

Worn Out, Tuckered Out...Grief - | Grief | Scoop.it
I never knew grief could be so exhausting. Yes plain ol’ tuckered out. There are tons of emotions you go through when someone you loves leaves planet Earth. Being fatigued is one I have been battling with lately…especially this week. My youngest daughter was admitted to the hospital on Monday. She fell in the shower …
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Pocket Full of Memories

Pocket Full of Memories | Grief | Scoop.it
This WordPress.com site is the cat’s pajamas
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My oldest daughter wrote this today about "Lilly Bear". We miss her so much! 

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Letter to Heaven, My Beloved Jamie

Letter to Heaven, My Beloved Jamie | Grief | Scoop.it
Jamie, It's been 2 years since you left us but; it still feels like just yesterday. (Sigh)....AND in those 2 years a lot has happened; as I'm sure you've peaked in and seen from time to time. Life ...
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So heartfelt. 

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Melissa Caulk - Running Around in Circles...Changing Minds About Brain Death

Melissa Caulk - Running Around in Circles...Changing Minds About Brain Death | Grief | Scoop.it
This is a blog about brain death and what I learned when my son Jamie Caulk was in a car accident. Brain death was invented to take organs from people in a severe coma but not dead.
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My latest post on grief

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Grieving And Allowing Your Loved One A Legacy

Grieving And Allowing Your Loved One A Legacy | Grief | Scoop.it
"I do not want your legacy to be that your death permanently broke me..." -Facebook I actually found this as a post on Facebook, and I must admit that it hit me in the face rather hard. I had actua...
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“I do not want your legacy to be that your death permanently broke me…” -Facebook

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Remembering with Reverence

Remembering with Reverence | Grief | Scoop.it
I was going to post yesterday however; being the Anniversary of September 11th, I opted to wait until today.  I was watching a story on ESPN about a young man who died in the North Tower. Before he...
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Written by my precious daughter. 

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Charles Dickens on Grief and How to Heal a Mourning Heart

Charles Dickens on Grief and How to Heal a Mourning Heart | Grief | Scoop.it
"The disturbed mind and affections, like the tossed sea, seldom calm without an intervening time of confusion and trouble."

In addition t
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A day of remembrance - Dec. 14th

A day of remembrance - Dec. 14th | Grief | Scoop.it
I am a painter, an artist, a creative problem solver. I don’t remember thinking “I want to be an artist” I only remember drawing, painting, building - doing. How you establish credibility as an art...
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Video of father's emotional rendition of Paul McCartney's Blackbird to his dying son

Video of father's emotional rendition of Paul McCartney's Blackbird to his dying son | Grief | Scoop.it
A touching video has been released that shows a father singing Paul McCartney’s Blackbird to his dying baby son.

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How to Help Those You Love, Lose the Ones They Love

How to Help Those You Love, Lose the Ones They Love | Grief | Scoop.it
I found this quote today & decided I would post this on FaceBook... To my surprise, the amount of emails from friends asking me just how to do this humbled me & I felt the need to write on ...
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What The Heck is Going On With Justina Pelletier? -

What The Heck is Going On With Justina Pelletier? - | Grief | Scoop.it
Justina Pelletier Justina Pelleiter is a 15-year-old girl who has been in Boston Children’s Hospital for over a year. She was referred there by her physician at Tufts Medical Center where she was taken by ambulance to BCH after she had contracted the flu. She had formally been diagnosed with mitochondrial disorder, which her older sister …
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Who owns your children? Who is responsible for them? 

This is tragic for Justina and her family.Please help spread the word. http://liftingtheveil.blog.com/2014/02/03/boston-childrens-hospital-to-be-investigated-by-department-of-public-health/

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6 Things to Never Say to a Bereaved Parent - Still Standing Magazine

6 Things to Never Say to a Bereaved Parent - Still Standing Magazine | Grief | Scoop.it
If you’re a bereaved parent, you can probably count on at least five hands the number of phrases you wish people would never, ever say to you.  If only there was a way for the world to learn how to speak compassionately to the brokenhearted.
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Grieving Your Way Through Christmas

Grieving Your Way Through Christmas | Grief | Scoop.it
I haven't blogged a lot about grief lately, and that is for several reasons. One, I've felt pretty awful, and it does take a lot of energy to face our problems, doesn't it? Two...even this many yea...
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Needed this today. 

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ESPN NCAAF Baylor's Art Briles is built to last

ESPN NCAAF Baylor's Art Briles is built to last | Grief | Scoop.it
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Story on how his parents were killed in a car accident when he was 20 years old. 

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Letter to Heaven, My Beloved Jamie

Letter to Heaven, My Beloved Jamie | Grief | Scoop.it
Jamie, It's been 2 years since you left us but; it still feels like just yesterday. (Sigh)....AND in those 2 years a lot has happened; as I'm sure you've peaked in and seen from time to time. Life ...
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From my daughter on the 2nd anniversary of Jamie's passing. 

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10 things I wish every person knew about the death of a child

    By SAMANTHA HAYWARDThe soul destroying agony of your child dying is only truly known and understood by those who have endured it.
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 Grieving for a child lasts until you see them again

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