Gale Brunault
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Loss of an Only Child

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Sanju Rao commented on Gale Brunault's group Loss of an Only Child
"Is there an online support group for survivors of the loss of an only child which meets on a weekly or monthly basis? My Aunt and Uncle have lost their only child - a 19 year-old son - and they are in such pain... we need help"
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"I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious son. Why do bad things happen to good people? We may never find the answers.......please know that you are not alone. "
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Kevin's Mom commented on Gale Brunault's group Loss of an Only Child
"I lost my 32 yr old son, my only child, on July 10 2019. He was killed in a motorcycle accident. My heart is shattered and my life will never be the same. This is life's most cruel event."
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About Me:
I am a 58 year old married female. I work full time
About my Loss:
I recently lost my only child - a 31 year old son. I am desperately seeking various ways to cope.

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July 19, 2014

Today I had another one of my weekly cookouts - luckily the weather was nice.  Lots of Michael's friends came over and we chatted and talked.  I teared up a few times but for the most part I stayed upbeat and content. 

I remember seeing one of Michael's good friend at a restaurant a week ago on Saturday.  When he caught my eye he came right over and gave me a big hug and said, "I miss him so much".  I began to cry and he tried to comfort me.  I asked him to come to the cook out at…


Posted on July 20, 2014 at 11:53am

Ups and Downs

Today as I read from "Healing After Loss" I was struck by how familiar the words were to me.  It talked about the emotional roller coaster of grief and how one minute your fine, the next, a flood of tears.  I am very much in that place of teetering between being strong in mind to falling apart.  It's not fun for my loved ones to watch this part of the grief journey yet I can't change it.

According to "Healing After Loss", we're not suppose to change it; this is what happens.  I just…


Posted on July 19, 2014 at 7:57am


I read today's meditation from "Healing after Loss" about dreams and how we often wish to dream about our loved ones as a way of staying near and in touch.  Martha Whitmore Hickman shares a dream she had about her daughter, who died from injuries due to a fall.  In the dream her daughter was on a stretcher being carried by two men who brought her up to where Martha was waiting.  Told she was told her daughter was going to be okay.  Below Martha was her family looking up and waiting for her…


Posted on July 17, 2014 at 4:46pm


"Healing After Loss" gives an interesting perspective on the unknown. It is far better to accept that our understanding of beyond life is limited.  Relish in the stories told of faith and intuition and most importantly.......wait and see for yourself!! Why try to have all the answers.  Don't stand so close for you will only learn a very small piece about life and what God has in store for us.  Step back and accept that though our questions are unanswerable, the real question is one of…


Posted on July 15, 2014 at 7:12pm

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At 10:24am on December 14, 2015, Connie K said…

Hi Gale

I loved your winter poem. May I use it in my local Compassionate Friends newsletter? I am having such an awful time this year. Feel like I've gone backwards in my grief sometimes. So glad to have folks who understand.....

At 11:25am on December 13, 2015, Susan W said…
Thanks for reaching out Gale. I will post when I can stop crying...
At 2:56pm on May 9, 2015, Rj said…
Hi Gale...checking in to see how you are?
At 9:15am on April 4, 2015, Rj said…
Oh gale you are so right. What a sad time it is with this first holiday without larry. I still fussed over him at every holiday. Easter was no different. Today i would be out buying things for his easter bag...his favorite candy, a nice new spring shirt and some gas and gricery money to put in his easter card. My greatest gift was being larrys mom, like you...i dont know what to do with it. What is my new role in this place, i am just existing, thats it. I sm going to read healing after loss...i need something, anything!
At 6:36am on March 23, 2015, Rj said…
Thank you gale. Oh the pain is so great, i miss larry so much. I am sorry for your loss also. You are still breathing and living so perhaps there is still hope for me yet. April 1 is fast approaching, 2 months, seems like a lifetime ago at times. Every 1st day of the month will be torment and sundays....sunday is the day i got the call. Much love
At 8:14pm on January 18, 2015, PK said…

Thank you Gale,

This site and all these people united in loss and helping each other is helping me get through each day without her. I am so so sorry for your loss too and thank you for your words. It means a lot tome that someone over the other side of the world cares too.

May you receive the kindness and compassion you have showm me today in spade loads!!x Peta

At 11:44am on December 11, 2014, Marie said…

Hi Gale,

I know it kills that everything I did wasn't enough. My daughter keeps reminding me  that addiction is a real illness and it was just too much for Taylor to conquer. I too believe in heaven. I have to go on because I have two other children...I also read in one of the books I have been reading to think about what I will say to Taylor when I die about what I have been doing since he died. I know he wouldn't want to stop living or become bitter. He had such a heart and compassion for the underdog. I guess that is keeping me going, although I feel you, a walking shell of a person.

At 9:59pm on December 6, 2014, Bern said…

Hi Gale,

I made it through trying to drink myself stupid. I don't even drink and I just wanted to punish myself because he was no longer here on earth.

When he turned 18, I said to myself, "I made it".

Two years later, my 20 year old son dead. I want to destroy myself. Just being honest!

At 7:36pm on November 30, 2014, Jesse's Mom said…

Gale, I am sorry for the loss of your dear son, Michael. Year one was pretty much spent in shock and disbelief...from there some of reality starts to begin...I am more in a state of deep depression right body is less reactive but this is all so hard to take in...sending gentleness for the days ahead.

At 10:15pm on November 20, 2014, Bern said…


We should not have to through this. My son has been dead 2 years September 30, 1912. He is a Son, Father, & Brother. He was 20 years old when he was shot.


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