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Sherry Bell left a comment for Gail Richardson
"I hope you are doing ok Gail. I just wanted you to know your kind words of someone that understands ment so much to me! I will write more later just wanted you to know i was thinking about you and your family. Also the kind words you sent to me. luv…"
Dec 21, 2011
Sherry Bell left a comment for Gail Richardson
"thank u yall help me at my worst times becuse yall know the pain"
Feb 25, 2011
coachlouise replied to Gail Richardson's discussion Allowing Grief in the group Missing my Son or Daughter
"thank you for posting this, very moving, very profound, there is no right or wrong way to grieve, an expression of love and pain is as different as each and every snowflake is. We often find through telling our story that it helps another, I feel…"
Sep 15, 2010
Gail Richardson replied to Karen's discussion Please share your Story = the Loss of your Son or Daughter in the group Missing my Son or Daughter
"Geneva - I'm so sorry for your loss. You are still in the first stages of grieve and this is a time when nothing makes any sense at all. There is nothing that I can say at the moment which will ease that awful pain you are feeling and I hope…"
Aug 15, 2010
Gail Richardson replied to Karen's discussion Please share your Story = the Loss of your Son or Daughter in the group Missing my Son or Daughter
"Kay - I have sent you a message - if you look in the top right corner of your screen you'll see you message in-box xxx"
Aug 14, 2010
Gail Richardson replied to Karen's discussion Please share your Story = the Loss of your Son or Daughter in the group Missing my Son or Daughter
"Kay - sending you warm hugs my love. I'm so sorry, losing a child is the hardest thing any Mother will ever have to face, losing two is a nightmare I can't even imagine. My name is Gail, my daughter Meshael was diagnosed with a rare…"
Aug 14, 2010
Gail Richardson left a comment for Darren Mitchell
"Hi Darren - hope you're doing as well as can be expected! It's tough to know how to say 'hope you're doing ok' isn't it?? I've reported 'Cynthia' and hopefully she'll be blocked quickly. You can…"
Jun 29, 2010
Darren Mitchell left a comment for Gail Richardson
"Gailm I am not sure if you have figured it out yet... But it appears that a new member cynthia ie baby.cynthia29@yahoo.com is not really looking for grief support. I received a private message from her that suggests a longer term sexual…"
Jun 29, 2010
Darren Mitchell and Gail Richardson are now friends
Jun 2, 2010
Gail Richardson commented on Karen's group Missing my Son or Daughter
"Guys - what can I tell you - I've been keeping myself busy for nine years but as Wendy says, you can keep your mind happy for a while but your heart never stops aching. Karen - this is exactly the place to be venting your anger and don't…"
Jun 2, 2010
Gail Richardson commented on Karen's group Missing my Son or Daughter
"I'll bet you've had about enough of people telling you how strong you are and how great you're doing during this awful, difficult period in your life. Maybe you'd rather hear someone say how much this sucks, how outrageous and…"
May 29, 2010
Gail Richardson left a comment for Anita K Ryder
"Anita - I'm so sorry for your loss my love - losing a child is just so painful and we all find ourselves at a loss for words to express that pain which is like no other. I hope that here you will find some comfort in the understanding and…"
May 29, 2010
Gail Richardson commented on Karen's group Missing my Son or Daughter
"Hi Louise - I'm Gail, Meshael's Mum, and I've been on this horrible journey for 9 years in June. One thing I can share with you is that people have to move on in their own time. For some, grief counselling may be the first thing that…"
May 28, 2010
Gail Richardson commented on Karen's group Missing my Son or Daughter
"Candle.gif Laura - oh hugs to you my dear, I know that sometimes the days leading up to our Angelversaries are harder than the day itself. I'm thinking of you and will light a candle in your daughters memory"
May 25, 2010
Gail Richardson replied to Karen's discussion Please share your Story = the Loss of your Son or Daughter in the group Missing my Son or Daughter
"Honoring Mothers in Grief on Mother's Day Written by Clara Hinton | May 04, 2003 Mother's Day originated as a way of bringing honor and recognition to all mothers. Over the years, Mother's Day has evolved into one of the most…"
May 9, 2010
Gail Richardson commented on Karen's group Missing my Son or Daughter
"Honoring Mothers in Grief on Mother's Day Written by Clara Hinton | May 04, 2003 Mother's Day originated as a way of bringing honor and recognition to all mothers. Over the years, Mother's Day has evolved into one of the most…"
May 9, 2010

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I Can Hear you Whisper - by Sandy Goodman

I CAN HEAR YOU WHISPER



In the mornings

I reserve my drive time

To say hello to you

And to feel you surround me

With your violet eddy of emotions.

In the beginning, a hundred years ago (or was it yesterday?),

My trips to town were for crying,

For screaming,

For asking you over and over and over again

WHY YOU HAD TO LEAVE,

But now it's different.

Now we share the sunrise.

We listen to music,

We reach for…
Continue

Posted on March 21, 2010 at 4:52pm — 1 Comment

The Grief of Fathers

The Grief of Fathers



Fathers are cast in a societal role that is different from that of the

mother. Although there are many role crossovers and although frequently

the deep strength in a family is in the mother, society expects, and

fathers themselves expect, that they be the “strong ones.”



Generally the father is the major support of the family, and he plans to

meet his current expenses, insure against the unanticipated, save for the

anticipated… Continue

Posted on May 31, 2009 at 5:30pm

oneday9.jpg The Emotional Roller Coaster Child loss brings with it an array of mixed emotions. Parents can feel anything from sadness and depression to extreme anger at everyone and anything. Some …

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The Emotional Roller Coaster



Child loss brings with it an array of mixed emotions. Parents can feel anything from sadness and depression to extreme anger at everyone and anything. Some days the tears will flow like a river for no apparent reason. Other days the language that pours forth from your mouth will… Continue

Posted on May 27, 2009 at 3:44pm — 2 Comments

The Awakening

A time in your life when you finally get it.



When in the midst of all your fears and insanity,



You stop dead in your tracks, and somewhere in your head cries out -



ENOUGH!



Enough fighting, crying, or struggling to hold on.



And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum,



your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice,



you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes



you begin to look… Continue

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 4:25pm

Close By your Side

You think I've gone far away and life has lost its will,

But look around, I am right here, living with you still,

I watch your tears, I feel your pain, I see the things you do,

I weep as well, each time you cry, my soul it lives with you.

It gives me such joy to hear you laugh, and do the things you do,

And when you smile over bygone days, I smile right there with you,

For we are still one, just you and me, one mind, one soul, one being,

Walking forward into… Continue

Posted on May 10, 2009 at 4:47pm

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At 12:20pm on August 22, 2014, Stephanie Assa said…

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At 10:23am on December 21, 2011, Sherry Bell said…

I hope you are doing ok Gail. I just wanted you to know your kind words of someone that understands ment so much to me! I will write more later just wanted you to know i was thinking about you and your family. Also the kind words you sent to me. luv Katelynes mommy

At 9:51am on February 25, 2011, Sherry Bell said…
thank u yall help me at my worst times becuse yall know the pain
At 9:27am on June 29, 2010, Darren Mitchell said…
Gailm I am not sure if you have figured it out yet... But it appears that a new member cynthia ie baby.cynthia29@yahoo.com is not really looking for grief support. I received a private message from her that suggests a longer term sexual relationship. Not only that if you look at her comments as of June 28th you will see dozens of them and they are not comment but form letters. Yahoo is well known for infiltrating site with their pornographic advertising which come from "mostly" underage Asian girls.

Would you please mention this to someone that can look into it? Thanks. I hope I am wrong.
At 2:14pm on May 16, 2010, Pastor Jenine Marie Mason said…
Thank you for the birthday wishes for Jayson. We all love and miss him so much! blessings honey...
At 2:28pm on January 28, 2010, Trudy F. Evans gave Gail Richardson a gift
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Thank you Karen. Do appreciate your kindness. My eldest son was born on Feb. 6th and died on Feb. 8th. My younger son was found dead the morning of Feb. 2nd.
At 10:08pm on September 22, 2009, Dee Dee said…
Thank you so much!
He was trying so hard. My heart is broken
At 6:13pm on July 17, 2009, Laura Villarreal said…
Gail, thank you for the beautiful and heartfelt words! I have received sympathies from people who say things like "it must be difficult" or "I know how you feel" but when I ask how they were able to work through the loss of their child they reply with something like "oh, I have never lost a child but I can imagine". I have literally quit going out and taking phone calls. I will only talk to certain family members and I only communicate with all others via email or text. I know they mean well but it just makes me angry because "you cannot imagine the pain and suffering I am going through"! The best sympathies I have received are store bought sympathy cards that have been signed with love, prayers and thoughts. Sometimes less is better.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, too.
At 3:51am on May 10, 2009, Gail Richardson said…
A SALUTE TO MOMS ABLE TO CARRY ON
BY: Erma Bombech
May 13, 1995



If you’re looking for an answer this Mothers Day on why God reclaimed your child, I don’t know.
I only know that thousands of mothers out there desperately need an answer as to why they were permitted to go through the elation of carrying a child and then lose it to miscarriage, accident, violence, disease, or drugs.
Motherhood isn’t just a series of contractions; it’s a state of mind. From the moment we know life is inside us, we feel responsibility to protect and defend that human being. It’s a promise we can’t keep. We beat ourselves to death over that pledge, “If I hadn’t worked through the eighth month.” “If I had taken him to the doctor when he had a fever.” “If I hadn’t let him use the car that night.” “If I hadn’t been so naive, I’d have noticed he was on drugs.
The longer I live, the more convinced I become that surviving changes us. After the bitterness, the anger, the guilt, and the despair are tempered by time, we look at life differently.
While I was writing my book, “I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise,” I talked with mothers who had lost a child to cancer. Every single one said that death gave their new lives meaning and purpose. And who do you think prepared them for the tough, lonely road they had to travel? Their dying child. They pointed their mothers toward the future and told them to keep going. The children had already accepted what their mothers were fighting to reject.
The children in the bombed out nursery in Oklahoma City have touched more lives than they will ever know. Workers who had probably given their kids a mechanical pat on the head without thinking that morning were making calls home during the day to their children to say, “I love you.”
This may seem like a strange Mothers Day column – a day when joy and life abound for the millions of mothers throughout our country. But it’s also a day of appreciation and respect. I can think of no mothers who deserve it more than those who had to give a child back.
In the face of adversity we are not permitted to ask, “Why me?” You can ask, but you won’t get an answer. Maybe you are the instrument who is left behind to perpetuate the life that was lost and appreciate the time you had with it.
The late Gilda Radner summed it up pretty well. “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned the hard way that some poems don’t rhyme and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what is going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.”

"Hope" is the thing with feathers...
That perches in the soul...
And sings the tune without words...
And never stops at all.....
(Emily Dickinson
At 1:30pm on May 9, 2009, Diana Y said…
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Jill added a discussion to the group I Miss My Parent(s)
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Really Struggling

I'm really missing both of my parents right now. I'm single. No kids. I have no one left to care for nor do I have anyone to care for me. Feeling lost and alone. Every day is a struggle. :(
15 minutes ago
Jill commented on Carrie A Williams's group I Miss My Parent(s)
"Really struggling right now. Both my parents are gone. I'm single with no kids. I no longer have anyone to care for nor do I have anyone to care for me. Work is my escape and I'm grateful for that but when I come home the world just seems…"
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I Miss My Parent(s)

I created this group for people who may be grieving one or both parents. I lost my Mom and Dad within one year of each other. Dad passed away from Lung Cancer and Mom passed less than one year later from Pick's Disease.See More
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Poppy replied to Sid's discussion Mom's girl in the group Lost Without My Mom
"I lost my mom in October. I keep wondering if she always knew that I loved her. For me, bedtime is the worst. I can have a completely normal day, but when I lay my head down, my thoughts of the day melt away, and she's there. She had cancer. So…"
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Lost Without My Mom

My mom died, August 17, 2009 of an apparent heart attack from heart failure. Her doctors never told me how sick she was and so I was blown away and am heart sick and lost without her.
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bluebird replied to Bri's discussion Is it normal to feel this sad?
"Those feelings are normal, and you are not crazy. My husband died over two years ago, and I cry constantly, am sad and angry constantly, still feel very much as I did when he first died. For me, that will never change. For you, I hope you are able…"
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Sid added a discussion to the group Lost Without My Mom
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Mom's girl

Don't know what to say really..I have never been part of any forums..but I feel so helpless now..I lost my mom on dec 31st, 2014.. I was in the USA and my brother called me. That phone call still haunts me when he said, our mother is gone. I shared a very different bond with her. It wasn't just a mother daughter bond..I used to dream about good things for my mother. she had seen so many struggles in her life and came out of it as a stronger person I used to dream happiness for her. In a few…See More
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Lynn Boyd commented on Julie Dolsey-Weiss's group Traumatic, Sudden Loss
"Thank you Anne....yes, the video REALLY wiped me out, I guess I've watched it a kakazillion times already. Then I cry, then I feel a little better. It's cathartic and healing. I have to let go the awfulness of how he left (he died of the…"
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Jenny added a discussion to the group I Miss My Parent(s)
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Harder then I thought....

I lost my mum 2 weeks ago to gallbladder/liver mets cancer. She was diagnosed 4.5 months ago.......I'd hoped deep down she would of got longer with us, and I feel so angry!!! Is this normal??? My dad was killed 10 years ago and I never knew what happened to him but to lose both really really hurts. Does anyone have any advice? My family and friends think I'm strong but I'm just good at putting on a front? I'm sure some can relate to that. Night time is the worst it's do lonely.
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Jean replied to Bri's discussion Is it normal to feel this sad?
"I am so sorry you lost your mom when you and her are both so young. I lost my mother 2 years ago and we were not nearly as young but I assure you the heartache you feel is the same as I feel. You need to choose your friends wisely and seek help at…"
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Trina Mamoon commented on Katherine Ellis's group Losing Someone to Cancer
"Just reading these recent posts full of love and emotion for departed spouses brought tears to my eyes. Betsy and James, you were blessed to have such a love in your life. I, too, was blessed while it lasted for 19 years. I lost my wonderful husband…"
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James Quinn commented on Katherine Ellis's group Losing Someone to Cancer
"I lost my soul mate of twenty four years to bladder cancer on the 13/09 14 in all that time i told her everyday i loved her , we had friends and family but we were happiest when we just had eat others company.A lot of the time we knew what each…"
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Losing Someone to Cancer

This is for anyone who has lost somone to cancer. I lost my adopted Mom to breast cancer some years ago. She was everything I could have asked for. She loved me because I was just me. She also loved my family and children as if they were her own.See More
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Anne commented on Julie Dolsey-Weiss's group Traumatic, Sudden Loss
"Lynn, the Youtube video was so beautiful, it just wiped me out. Those pictures show how happy you guys were, how much fun you both had with friends and family. The one picture where your husband is giggling at something you're saying, (at the…"
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Jon-Paul Ackerman commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"Yes, just have to hold on... even on the days when you don't want to wake up and the nights when you want to choose your own fate... hold on. It'll be worth it."
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