April 2014 Newsletter!

Newsletter TBF

TCF Conference Winner Announced

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Congratulations to Jenny Robbins, Kade’s mom from Jefferson County, CO! Kade’s mom, Jenny wrote a beautiful essay which earned her a scholarship to this years Compassionate Friends National Conference.  She talked about her “new friends” and how  your address book changes.   She shared that a year and a half later she was planning a [...]

A Day of Reflection and Celebration! Happy 29th Birthday Tony!

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Twenty nine years ago this morning, I drove my two boys to my mom and asked if she would watch them while I go had my third child!    My baby had been very active for the last three weeks but I just could not take it anymore -it was time.  The every other day [...]

Thoughts for the New Year

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As 2013 comes to a close I have sat and pondered what this means.  Happy New Year!  A holiday I used to cherish.  Such hope for new beginnings, new starts, resolutions to be made!  The more I thought about how much I no longer look forward to this holiday, the more I came to terms [...]

Sandy Hook One Year Later!

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It has been a year since  the unthinkable came to my backyard.  It has been a year that 27 families lives were changed in an instance.  It has been what feels like an eternity and at the same time just yesterday.  It has been a year.  I would not be honest if I did not [...]

Thanksgiving

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Today wraps up a month of postings on Facebook for things I am grateful for.  A difficult task as holidays approach and the absence of loved ones seem to laying even heavier on our hearts.  There were the normal gifts; family, friends, health, and then a few vague ones with even one of admitting that [...]

THANK YOU!

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THANK YOU! Thank you to all the presenters, speakers and performers who so graciously gave of their time and resources to share their wealth of knowledge with everyone. Thank you to all my volunteers who gave of their services and time. Thank you to my family and friends for the support, encouragement and love. Thank [...]

Life After Loss Newspaper Article

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On September 6th, the day before Brownstock, Karen Dydzuhn from The Monroe Courier came by and interviewed me for an article about our Life After Loss Symposium being held in Danbury Ct on October 25th and 2th!  She has always done a great job supporting our foundation and what we do!  Here it is!  I [...]

Grief Relief TV with Open To Hope

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This summer has been filled with purpose, opportunities and blessings.  I have many to thank for this.  I remain grateful that through my son’s death I have had the privilege of meeting such beautiful, loving, genuine, pure people.  All of, if given the chance, I would understandably turn back the clocks and never know any [...]

Remembrance at Sea

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Over the fourth of July weekend I had the pleasure of working on a committee that provided a much needed space of rest and reflection during a rather emotionally drenched few days during The Compassionate Friends 36th National Conference.  The theme was Beacons of Light, Rays of Hope.  Keeping with this theme I designed the [...]