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When Guinea Pigs Die

When Guinea Pigs Die

Our guinea pigs died this November. On election day. Crazy, right? If it had been any other random day in November, I surely would not have remembered the date. People have laughed when I told them that the pigs went from happily sleeping and eating the day before to dying the next. On election day.  My […]

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After Mom Passes: What to Expect

Our mothers are the tough, loving, admirable and hard-working women who raised us, defined in so many different ways. The person who nourished and raised us as a baby, rocking and feeding us at all hours of the night. The woman who coaxed us on your first day of school and waited for us as we came off the bus. Someone […]

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When Grandma Can’t Carry You

I’m just going to be honest – I don’t want to write this post. So much that I’ve been procrastinating on my procrastination. But in an effort to encourage vulnerability, I feel it’s important to share a little bit of my story with you all. I’m blessed to have an amazing example of what it means to be a […]

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When Grandparents Die

When Grandparents Die

Death is often times an uncomfortable subject, one that a lot of people don’t like to talk about. It’s inevitable – all living things die – but it doesn’t make it any easier to discuss or ponder. Explaining it to a young child makes it even harder. My father-in-law, Roger, recently passed away after a […]

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Teaching Kids About Death, Dying and Funerals

Teaching Kids About Death, Dying and Funerals

Sometimes my kids ask me relatively simple questions to answer. A case in point: “Do zombies poop their pants, Mom?” Since zombies aren’t functioning at the highest level, I assume they aren’t too focused on making it to the toilet on time. When I told my boys that yes, I think zombies do poop their […]

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Father's Day for the Fatherless

Father’s Day for the Fatherless

It can be a little bleak not having a living or present father on Father’s Day. Or, let’s face it, for the whole month of June. Personally, my father died shortly after my eighth birthday, and for many years, Father’s Day (heck, the entire month of June) was kind of a punch in the gut. […]

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I Miss You, Dad

Dear Dad, You died 16 years ago tomorrow. I’m not sure you’d recognize my life now. I’m approaching an era in which I’ve lived more life without you than with you. After you died, I looked for you everywhere I went: in my dreams when you’d visit before I woke up to realize you’re still dead, in […]

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