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Loss of Spouse

Healing for a Broken Heart – by Andrea Plowden

I knew Vernon was different the night I met him. I was in my late twenties and had moved from Atlanta to Jacksonville, Florida to work for a dot com company at the height of the internet boom. I traveled back and forth frequently to visit family and friends. I met Vernon in Atlanta on… Continue reading Healing for a Broken Heart – by Andrea Plowden

Loss of Spouse

Always With Me: Through Sickness and Death – by Tina Akridge

From my teenage years, I had clear plans for my future. Following college, I would head to a big inner-city, probably New York City, to work for the Salvation Army. Children weren’t in my plans as a previous surgery led me to believe I wouldn’t be able to become pregnant. However, after meeting Mark at… Continue reading Always With Me: Through Sickness and Death – by Tina Akridge

Loss of Spouse

From Harlem to Heaven: A Love Story – by Elise Minor

I met Sean in the early 80s when we were both sophomores at MLK High School in NYC. Like most high schools, the lunchroom was the social hub. Sean and his friends sat at the lunch table next to ours. They were funny but not obnoxious, well dressed, but not too popular. Sean stood out… Continue reading From Harlem to Heaven: A Love Story – by Elise Minor

Loss of Spouse

Rediscovering Myself After A Great Loss – By Margaret Moses

I met Hillmon when I was nineteen, in a youth social club in Williamstown, NJ. This was in the mid-1950s; he and his siblings would drive over from Camden to the youth clubs in that area. At first glance, I had no idea of the love, friendship, and companionship I would experience after 61 years… Continue reading Rediscovering Myself After A Great Loss – By Margaret Moses

Loss of Child

Navigating Life After Losing Your Only Child – by Zayda Santiago

I married my husband Rafael on February 14, 1987, which I lovingly call Love Day in honor of Valentine’s Day. It was very cold with snow on the ground, yet it was a beautiful day - the beginning of the rest of our lives. We were very young by today's world standards. I was twenty-three… Continue reading Navigating Life After Losing Your Only Child – by Zayda Santiago

Loss of Child

A Mother’s Journey Towards Healing and Peace (Loss of Child) – by Yolanda McKinney

On June 11, 1996, my beautiful baby boy, Cameron, was born.  When he was 4 years old, he was diagnosed with autism. In those early years, my husband Russ and I worked hard to take care of him, support him, and accommodate his special needs to ensure he had the best life possible. This didn’t… Continue reading A Mother’s Journey Towards Healing and Peace (Loss of Child) – by Yolanda McKinney

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Lessons from Labor, Loss, and Life (Loss of a Child) – by Jerrice Moore

Labor Day had always been a special day to anticipate. Celebrating the end of summer and the last barbeque of the season - I could always remember the smell of the cedar planks and charcoal that we used for grilling. But after 2011, what Labor Day signified changed for me. Never again would I think about… Continue reading Lessons from Labor, Loss, and Life (Loss of a Child) – by Jerrice Moore

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The Comfort of God After a Great Loss (Loss of a Child) – by Hazel May

My story began in 1969 when I married my husband, Tommy. He was an officer in the mortuary division for the United States Army, and we were stationed in Germany. We agreed not to have children for the first few years of marriage so we could enjoy each other. After we were ready to start… Continue reading The Comfort of God After a Great Loss (Loss of a Child) – by Hazel May

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Accepting the Inevitable, Understanding the Purpose (Loss of a Child) – by April Lee

February 2, 1995, was both a blessed but confusing day. I gave birth to my first beautiful baby, however, I also received the worst news of my life. My son Alfred William Lee, III was born happy and healthy. I was surrounded by family and had all the medical staff I needed to feel comfortable… Continue reading Accepting the Inevitable, Understanding the Purpose (Loss of a Child) – by April Lee

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An Autism Story by Sheera Bercedia: Transitions

As I thought about the autism story I wanted to share, I couldn’t help but to reminisce back to when Layla was born fourteen years ago. After experiencing pregnancy and labor complications, I was happy to finally take her home a week after her premature birth at thirty-five weeks. Like most parents, I had dreams… Continue reading An Autism Story by Sheera Bercedia: Transitions