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  • Hillary supporters are just going through the five stages of "grief."

    11/14/2016 4:28:31 AM PST · by tired&retired · 27 replies
    The five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. People are now moving from denial to anger, thus the protests. Many will be stuck in denial for a long time proclaiming, "He's not my president." If you watch, you will see a gradual shift over the next few weeks, culminating in the reality of the change in presidents January 20th. People go through the stages at different rates depending upon how attached they were to the person who lost and their own individual coping skills. The worst part is that the depression phase for many is coinciding...
  • The Conversation About War and Our Veterans We Refuse to Have

    06/09/2016 4:28:21 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 18 replies ^ | May 27, 2016 | Benjamin Sledge
    I went to the market Where all the families shop I pulled out my Ka-bar And started to chop Your left right left right left right kill Your left right left right you know I will -Military cadence “You can shoot her…” the First Sergeant tells me. “Technically.” We’re standing on a rooftop watching black smoke pillars rise from a section of the city where two of my teammates are taking machine gun fire. Below, the small cluster of homes we’ve taken over is taking sporadic fire as well. He hands me his rifle with a high powered scope and...
  • My father, a great lawyer from Chicago, has passed away.

    05/25/2016 12:20:02 AM PDT · by proud American in Canada · 64 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | May 16, 2016 | myself
    I just have a few words to say about my father. He recently passed away. I am doing something bad (in FR), because I am posting, and then going to bed. And hopefully falling asleep. Although I will have my tablet. So I won't be posting and running. ;) :) haven't slept much since my father died. I was just wondering, how do you deal with becoming an adult orphan? When there is no one you can call for advice? Whenever I see the Cubs, Sox, Blackhawks, Bulls, and later, "da Bears," I want to call him. I cannot even...
  • Five Remedies for Sorrow from St. Thomas Aquinas

    04/20/2016 9:04:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Remedies for Sorrow from St. Thomas Aquinas Msgr. Charles Pope • April 19, 2016 • Some of you who follow me on Facebook know that I just lost a beloved pet, Daniel, our rectory cat. Losing a pet is not to be equated with losing a spouse, sibling, or friend, but it remains a painful loss. Part of the reason for this, I am convinced, is that we cannot communicate with animals as we do with one another. We cannot know what they are experiencing “inside” and so cannot reassure them or be reassured by them that they...
  • We lost our son today (vanity - prayer request)

    04/12/2016 12:07:42 AM PDT · by Marie · 441 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 4/12/2016 | self
    Today, we found out that we've lost our 22 year old son. He'd been missing for a couple of days and they found the body this evening. He wrecked his motorcycle and ended up in a ditch where nobody could see. I don't know how to do this. I don't know how to accept this. I don't know what to do with this. And I can't pray. I'm not mad at G-d or anything like that. I mean that I have no words. I don't know how. Can you please pray for me? Just add me to your prayer list...
  • Colors of Goodbye ( Death of a Child)

    04/06/2016 8:17:45 AM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 16 replies ^ | April 6, 2016 | September Vaudrey
    Combining literary narrative and raw reflection, September Vaudrey walks through one of life’s worst losses―the death of a child―and slowly becomes open to watching for the unexpected ways God carries her through it. It’s a story of love and tragedy in tandem; a deeply personal memoir from a life forever changed by one empty place. And at its core, Colors of Goodbye calls to the deepest part of our spirits to know that death is not the and that life can be beautiful still.
  • 10 Things the Loss of Our Dog Taught Me About Living

    01/29/2016 12:20:04 AM PST · by goldstategop · 28 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 01/28/2016 | Kara-Post Kennedy
    Losing a pet is heart-wrenching. Anyone who denies this either never had a pet or never had a heart to wrench. We had plenty of time to prepare for our girl's passing, and I mistakenly believed that this would make it easier or somehow a relief when she died. It was not easy and it definitely was not a relief. Zoey was a salty old broad to the end, and the departure of her larger-than-life presence has left us with a huge hole in our world; I can't believe how much I miss her. Of course in thinking about her...
  • Prayer, & Thought Request

    10/31/2015 1:46:00 PM PDT · by rikkir · 108 replies
    Vanity | 10/31/15 | Me
    I would like to request your Prayers and thoughts for myself, and my family for the very unexpected passing of my wife. Many of you have seen me refer to her as Mrs. Rikkir, but her name was Patsy. She was 55, and mother to one daughter, and Mee Maw to three grandsons. She was a KY farm girl, who took a stupid NC city boy, and, 29 years ago, pulled him from a self destructive path, and instead gave him a path of love and responsibility. She was universally loved by almost all who met her. I have fielded...
  • Pope's Address at Ground Zero

    09/26/2015 12:31:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 83 replies ^ | 09-25-15 | Pope Francis
    Pope's Address at Ground Zero "This flowing water reminds us of yesterday’s tears, but also of all the tears still being shed today" New York City, September 25, 2015 ( Staff Reporter | 1905 hits Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave today at an interreligious ceremony at Ground Zero. He began the Spanish-language address apologizing for being unable to give it in English. * * * Dear Friends, I feel many different emotions standing here at Ground Zero, where thousands of lives were taken in a senseless act of destruction. Here grief is palpable. The...
  • My "Crash" Course in Grief

    09/05/2015 9:54:14 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 7 replies ^ | 9/4/15 | Michelle Thomas
    Pun intended. It’s been four months today since my dad was killed in a hit-and-run crash. He was cycling near his home on May 4 and was hit from behind by an intoxicated motorist (who was later apprehended). Dad was killed instantly. As I wrote a month after the crash, my dad was my rock, and our whole family is trying to pick up the pieces of our lives and figure out how to go on without him.
  • Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus: A Meditation on a Grief Observed

    05/22/2015 7:18:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus: A Meditation on a Grief Observed By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a follow-up to the recent post on comforting the sorrowful, I was led to consider the grief of my parents and the difficulties they faced in raising a daughter with serious mental illness.My father died eight years ago, and except for essential papers related to his estate, I simply boxed up most of his papers and stored them in the attic of my rectory for future attention. At long last I am sorting through those boxes. Among his effects were also many...
  • Pro-choice groups reject women who were hurt by their abortions

    02/03/2015 1:04:51 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies ^ | July 22, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    From author Melinda Tankard Reist, who interviewed many postabortion women: “Women often spoke of being unable to get satisfactory help for their grief from clinics or organizations connected with abortion. Karleen said that when she sought help at a women’s counseling clinic in Sydney she was told it was wrong of her to speak badly of her abortion experience. Kara, from Queensland, told of posting her personal abortion story on an Internet discussion of abortion. She was told to “get lost” – her story wasn’t welcome….If a woman is depressed after an abortion, she is made to feel it’s her...
  • White House: That round of golf after the Foley video was released doesn’t show the depth

    08/22/2014 11:24:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    hot air ^ | 8/22/14 | Allahpundit
    Oh, I don’t know. (Snip) Ask yourself this, though. Is “optics” really just a Beltway parlor game? My hunch about most low-information voters, a.k.a. most voters, is that they’d struggle to name who the vice president is when asked. We’re lucky if they’re cognizant of what happened to James Foley at all, let alone Obama’s reaction to it. “As a general rule, I think that he’s right that you can’t be held hostage to the news cycle — the man deserves a bit of downtime,” said Jim Manley, a longtime Democratic strategist. “But in this particular instance, I think a...
  • Ministry to Grieving Parents

    08/14/2014 2:49:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    ligonier ^ | 8/14/14 | Nancy Guthrie
    When we witness the anguish, the anger, the questions, the devastation that comes to families that experience the death of a child, we find ourselves desperate to figure out what we can do, what we can say, that will truly help. In the retreats my husband and I host for couples who have faced the death of a child, participants often talk about the ways people have “been there” for them in the midst of the worst pain they can imagine, as well as the ways people have added to their pain. If you could be a fly on the...
  • Mary Gresham’s grief over invalid son’s death echoes from 1865

    08/05/2014 11:01:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-5-14 | Michael E. Ruane
    Mary Baxter Gresham was 42 when her invalid son, LeRoy, died in June 1865. She had already lost two infant children and had just lived through the upheaval of the Civil War in Macon, Ga. But when 17-year-old LeRoy, know as “Loy,” died on June 18 in the house where he was born, she was devastated. “God has tried me often and in many ways but never has my heart been so wrung as now,” she wrote to her sister, Sallie, on July 12. “And yet the trial had so much mercy mixed with it that my soul swells within...
  • Woman, 25, takes life-size cutout of her late father around the world

    06/20/2014 1:13:16 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Today ^ | 6-20-14 | Scott Stump
    Burned out from her job and still mourning the loss of her father, Jinna Yang decided to dramatically shake up her life and honor the memory of a man who always put others first. In April, Yang, 25, quit her job in digital media in Manhattan, sold about 80 percent of her belongings and bought a one-way plane ticket to Iceland. Before she left, she took an old photo of a tuxedo-clad Jay Yang and had a company she found online make a life-size cardboard cutout of her father, who died from cancer at 52 on Aug. 24, 2012. Jay...
  • Deconstructing The Dead: Cross Over One Last Time To Expose Medium John Edward

    01/08/2003 10:18:31 PM PST · by DWar · 13 replies · 431+ views
    Skeptics Society ^ | Michael Shermer
    Deconstructing The Dead: Cross Over One Last Time To Expose Medium John Edward By Michael Shermer History is not just one damn thing after another, it is also the same damn thing over and over--time's arrow and time's cycle. Fads come and go, in clothing, cars, and psychics. In the 1970s it was Uri Geller, in the 1980s it was Shirley MacLaine, in the 1990s it was James Van Praagh, and to kick off the new millennium it is John Edward. Edward's star is rising rapidly with a hit daily television series "Crossing Over" on the Sci Fi network and...
  • Prayer request for my nephew and his wife (vanity)

    10/01/2013 10:48:09 AM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 25 replies
    me ^ | me
    Requesting prayers for my nephew and his wife who lost a baby. She was 4 months along. It was a little boy. Our family is really hurting right now. Any prayer is sooo appreaciated and I am comforted by the amount of prayer warriors on FR. Thanks. RIMTB
  • Abortionist: We Invite Moms to Hold Their Babies After Abortions

    09/27/2013 4:02:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A recent interview with late-term abortionist Dr. Susan Robinson has drawn significant attention for some of the ways Robinson attempts to humanize the process of destroying the lives of unborn children in late-term abortions. Although surveys show women frequently regret their abortions and face a litany of medical and mental health problems following an abortion, Robinson attempts to make women feel better about their decision in a sick and twisted sort of way. From a report on the interview: Jia Tolentino interviewed Susan Robinson, one of only four American abortionists who openly perform third-trimester abortions. Robinson is featured in the...
  • Psychiatrists to brand grief lasting longer than two weeks a mental illness

    02/23/2013 10:54:26 AM PST · by Drew68 · 160 replies ^ | 22 Feb 13 | Clifford Fram
    THE grieving process is in danger of being branded a medical condition if a mourner feels sad for more than two weeks and consults a GP, according to an international authority on death and dying. At present, mourners can feel sad for two months before being told they have a mental disorder, says Professor Dale Larson. Decades ago, a diagnosis could be made after a year.In a keynote address at an Australian Psychological Society conference in Melbourne on Saturday, Prof Larson will express his anger about the American Psychiatric Association's new diagnostic manual, DSM 5, which is used in many...
  • Your comprehensive answer to every Sandy Hook conspiracy theory

    01/20/2013 6:13:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 80 replies
    While it’s often best not to engage with conspiracy theorists on their own turf, as you can probably never convince them, it’s worth setting the record straight on all the myths and phony evidence surrounding the Sandy Hook massacre.We’ve rounded up every major piece of evidence we could find that leads theorists to say the “official narrative” of events “doesn’t add up” and provided the facts that show why these questions can be easily explained. We’ve ignored the empty accusations with no evidence to support them (it was the Jews!) and focused only on the theories that try to present...
  • Photos: Protest Against Leftist Alternative Ceremony

    04/24/2012 3:39:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/4/12 | Elad Benari
    Dozens of activists protested on Tuesday evening against an alternative Memorial Day ceremony held by the leftist organization Combatants for Peace at the Tel Aviv port area. The group’s alternative ceremony includes Israeli bereaved parents and Palestinian Authority Arab bereaved parents (parents of terrorists who were killed while fighting IDF soldiers) under the same category of remembrance and loss. On Sunday, one of the protest organizers, Nissim Eliyahu, sharply criticized the alternative ceremony and told Arutz Sheva that it is in fact a political event under the guise of a memorial event. Combatants for Peace’s spokesman said in response to...
  • Israel Mourning Terrorists? LIVE report NOW on scene.

    04/24/2012 11:59:39 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/4/12
    Are leftists now equating the life of blood thirsty terrorists to fallen IDF soldiers? We get a LIVE report on the scene with Yoni Klein who is reporting at a demonstration against the equating of a terrorist's life being equal to an IDF soldier's life- in other words, is a criminal's life equal to that of a police officer's? "Combatants for Peace explains why it chooses to invite parents of TERRORISTS who died fighting IDF soldiers to its Memorial Day ceremony. - 'No one has a monopoly on grief', they say. This is a radio talk show. Your participation is...
  • Family had one last weekend with an aging friend

    02/10/2012 7:08:56 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-10-12 | Jim Stingl
    It was time. Murdock's hips were failing, his hearing was gone and other ravages of age had caught up with him. So his family, the Monty family from Wauwatosa's west side, convened a tearful meeting at the dining room table. It was decided that they all - mom, dad and the three boys - would go with Murdock to the vet's office the following Monday and hold him close during the final moments of his life. But first, they would spend the weekend doing the things Murdock liked best, spoiling him with treats and giving neighbors a chance to say...
  • Leftism Makes You Meaner

    01/10/2012 7:25:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | January 10, 2012 | Dennis Prager
    Only a fool believes that all those with whom he differs are bad people. Moreover, just about all of us live the reality -- often within our own family -- of knowing good and loving people with whom we strongly differ on political, religious, social and economic issues. That said, I have come to believe that the more committed one is to leftism, the more likely one is to become meaner. Two examples in just the past week offer compelling evidence. Prominent left-wing commentators used the way in which Rick Santorum and his wife handled the death of one of...
  • Good Grief: A Meditation of How Grief can be a Gift in Strange Package

    09/16/2011 8:11:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Sept. 16, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Good Grief: A Meditation of How Grief can be a Gift in Strange PackageBy: Msgr. Charles Pope As a priest I walk with a lot of people in their grief. It’s a regular part of priesthood. I remember back in 2007 how tough it was for me: The Deacon of my parish, Nerus, like a father to me, died after a long battle with cancer. His final words to me were, “I’m not so good right now, but I’ll be better soon.” My administrative and pastoral assistant, Catherine, like a mother to me, developed a rapid form of Alzheimer’s...
  • BART admits halting cell service to stop protesters

    08/12/2011 3:31:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 80 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/12/11 | Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    BART officials acknowledged this afternoon that they shut down cell phone and wireless data service in its downtown San Francisco stations to disrupt a planned protest. Their announcement sparked denunciations from civil libertarians and the apparent threat of a cyber-attack on the BART website. A statement posted on the transit agency's website said the communications blackout was ordered in the interest of public safety: "Organizers planning to disrupt BART service on August 11, 2011 stated they would use mobile devices to coordinate their disruptive activities and communicate about the location and number of BART Police," the statement reads. "A civil...
  • Five stages of liberal Weiner grief

    06/09/2011 2:25:12 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 6 replies
    national journal ^ | 6-9-11 | Reeve
    Anthony Weiner's scandal does not require understanding complicated lobbying laws (Jack Abramoff) or how kickbacks were funneled through labyrinthine layers of bureaucracy (Duke Cunningham), nor does it depend on a partisan view of an issue, like hiring a 24-year-old with no finance experience to remake the entire stock exchange of Iraq. No, it centers on something simple that everyone can relate to: boners on the Internet. And yet, pundits' analysis of Weinergate is still highly dependent on their ideological viewpoint, with liberals defending the New York Democrat even as his hacking claim looked less than credible. Over the past week,...
  • [Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Death and Dying

    03/18/2011 9:28:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1987 | Saint Faustina
    Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts   Jesus's words are in italics.  St. Faustina's words are in regular print.   "Your task is to write down everything that I make known to you about My mercy, for the benefit of those who by reading these things will be comforted in their souls and will have the courage to approach Me." (1693)     "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy." (300)     
  • The Death of a Dear Friend

    12/11/2010 6:06:04 PM PST · by lastchance · 40 replies
    Stand Firm In Faith ^ | December 9, 2010 | Matt Kennedy
    This has been a very difficult week for me personally and for the entire family. On Sunday my much loved 16 year old dog Maggie stopped eating. I tried to give her everything from leftover turkey to hot dogs. Nothing worked. On Monday she stopped drinking water and I had to start feeding her pedialite with a syringe to keep her from becoming dehydrated ...God's love is not limited to humanity. He saves both man and beast. When humanity fell into sin, all the cosmos fell into bondage as well—the death, pain and suffering of all creatures is the result...
  • Joy to the World?

    12/11/2010 9:57:19 AM PST · by wmfights · 9 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | December 10, 2010 | Ken Camp
    Ever since an angel announced good news to shepherds working the night shift, Christians have associated the birth of Jesus with joy. But some people who have experienced significant loss in the recent past find a season of celebration observed against a soundtrack of “Joy to the World” a bit hard to handle. Churches can help reduce the pain for grieving people by dialing back expectations and not heightening the pressure, Chaplain Mark Grace said. When Grace, vice president of mission and ministry at Baylor Health Care System, speaks to churches about grief and bereavement during the Christmas season, he...
  • The 5 stages of Grieving/Loss Process In Relationship To The Battle for Our Republic

    10/02/2010 11:01:35 PM PDT · by RandysRight · 5 replies
    Rndy's Right ^ | Today | Randy's Right
    The five stages of the grieving process described below is a commonly accepted way by which people deal with grief and tragedy, especially when diagnosed with a terminal illness or facing a life changing loss. It was first introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying. I propose that it is what many U.S. citizens are going through today in light of the strong socialist movement taking over much of our country. Denial – “I feel fine.”; “This can’t be happening, not to me.” Denial is usually only a temporary defense for the individual. This feeling...
  • "Lola ", Canine Freeper and K-9 companion of Recovering Ex-Hippie, passed away August 3.

    08/07/2010 7:30:33 AM PDT · by Recovering Ex-hippie · 122 replies
    "Lola "... Loyal, conservative Canine Freeper and dedicated K-9 companion of Recovering Ex-Hippie, passed away August 3." I am heartbroken that my wonderful doggie, Lola, died Tuesday morning. She was 15 years old and had been adopted from the Doggie Orphanage in Cleveland. She then moved with me to Jacksonville, FL. Always a Patriotic Pupster, Lola was called upon by the CIA after 9-11 to break up “Terrorist Squirrel Cells “ in our woods….a calling she dedicated herself to with great enthusiasm. She was the mascot for a fund drive to raise money for the New Orleans Humane society during...
  • Caregiver Grief

    06/24/2010 8:59:57 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies ^ | 06/24/2010 | Candy Arrington
    "When will this misery be over?" My mother uttered these words on a day when the aches and pains of old age were especially intense. Mentally I knew the answer,but I said, "I'm sorry you're uncomfortable." As I prepared to go, my mother said, "Don't leave me," so I sat and waited until she nodded off before exiting the room. Alone in my car, the tears slid down my face, and I realized that even though my mother is still alive, I'm already grieving her death. Caregiver grief is a complicated puzzle of sorrow, guilt, and longing for the day...
  • Fort Hood Offers 24-Hour Grief Counseling

    11/12/2009 4:50:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 279+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Joy Pariante , USA
    FORT HOOD, Texas , Nov. 12, 2009 – In the aftermath of the Nov. 5 shootings here that left 13 dead and 38 wounded, soldiers, family members and civilians who work on post are looking for answers, and for help in grieving. A U.S. Army soldier buries his head in his printed program during a memorial service on Fort Hood, Texas, honoring the 13 who were fatally shot in a Nov. 5 shooting spree by a lone gunman on post, Nov. 10, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Grazyna Musick  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Following any loss, individuals and...
  • Is This Haunting Picture Proof That Chimps Really DO Grieve?

    10/26/2009 11:01:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 53 replies · 3,494+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | October 27th 2009
    Is This Haunting Picture Proof That Chimps Really DO Grieve? MICHAEL HANLON 27th October 2009 [Pic in URL] United in what appears to be deep and profound grief, a phalanx of more than a dozen chimpanzees stood in silence watching from behind the wire of their enclosure as the body of one of their own was wheeled past. This extraordinary scene took place recently at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, West Africa. When a chimp called Dorothy, who was in her late 40s, died of heart failure, her fellow apes seemed to be stricken by sorrow. Enlarge Chimpanzees...

    10/25/2009 1:24:48 PM PDT · by Joe 6-pack · 37 replies · 1,650+ views
    self ^ | 10/25/09 | Joe 6-pack
    “…For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand. …”~W.B. Yeats First, my title is in no way intended to be a slight to C.S. Lewis, but rather a tribute and expression of gratitude for his many works that have profoundly influenced my intellectual and spiritual life these past years. Mimicry, it is said, is the sincerest form of flattery, and while I get the impression that Mr. Lewis was not particularly prone to vanity, I like to think he might be smiling down with the knowledge that my humble efforts here have grown out of thoughts and...
  • Muppets Help Military Kids Cope With Grief

    10/15/2009 4:44:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 282+ views
    American Forces Press Service | Samantha L. Quigley
    NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2009 – As filming for Sesame Workshop’s latest “Talk, Listen, Connect,” video got under way here yesterday, it became clear that while it’s not always sunny on Sesame Street, ultimately the clouds can be swept away. Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, poses with Elmo’s mom, Mae, on the New York set of Sesame Workshop’s third “Talk, Listen, Connect,” video Oct. 15, 2009. The new video in the TLC series addresses the loss of a loved one and offers parents and children alike tools to deal with...
  • One of life's little tragedies.

    09/08/2009 4:11:36 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 68 replies · 1,640+ views
    Self | 9/08/'09 | Zionist Conspirator
    Dear Fellow FReepers: You all know, and I freely admit, that I am not the nicest person in the world. However, I know someone who is. That someone is my mother. Three to two years ago we experienced a spate of pet deaths. We had many pets, and they were all old, so it was just time for them to wear out and say good-bye (unfortunately, one of them was "helped along" by the adulterated pet food). Their ages were eleven, fourteen, seventeen, and fifteen. One reason we were able to make it through those dark times was that a...
  • Mom in U.K. Fined for Grieving Too Long at Baby Son's Funeral

    08/04/2009 9:17:48 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 51 replies · 1,585+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 8/4/2009 | Staff
    A grieving mother in Britain was fined $173 for spending too long at her son's coffin before it was taken away for cremation. Terrie Rouse, 32, said her grief turned to shock when officials told her she had taken too long to say goodbye, The Daily Mail reported. "The vicar had asked if I would like to spend a bit more time saying goodbye," she said. "I sat by the coffin for 10 minutes, telling my son how much we loved him and begging him not to be scared." Officials at the crematorium, run by a local English council, impose...
  • Grieving mother fined $146 by crematorium for taking too long to say goodbye to dead baby boy

    08/03/2009 4:31:47 PM PDT · by rawhide · 37 replies · 1,113+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 8-3-09 | by Daily Mail Reporter
    A grieving mother who took too long to say goodbye to her dead baby son has been hit with an $146 penalty charge by crematorium staff. Terrie Rouse could not bear to leave five-week-old Zane's coffin and spent an extra 10 minutes with him before allowing it to be taken away for cremation. However the mother of three was later handed the fine - $14.50 a minute - on top of the standard baby cremation fee of $54 for her tearful final goodbye. 'The vicar asked if I would like to spend a bit more time saying goodbye," said Miss...
  • I want my mom. Prayer request

    07/07/2009 12:41:27 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 99 replies · 2,275+ views
    I am struggling with a very selfish grief. I am loosing it really. Everybody seems to be going on. But I am still in the middle of my grief. It is just a month ago. But I miss my mother so much. I know she would want me to be happy . But I am not there yet. I am in this selfish grief of why why why. I cant accept it. I miss her so much. I am sitting on her grave every day. I am crying and I am grieving. I talk to her. I look at her...
  • "The Sun Must Shine Again" (video poem)

    05/22/2009 5:03:24 AM PDT · by mft112345 · 283+ views
    Youtube ^ | May 22, 2009 | MT
    Hear Words and MusicDo you prefer to sit and think alone Or does the silence shake you like the thunder? Can you shut out distractions like the phone? Has worry killed your sense of awe and wonder? Has loss occurred and left a gaping hole Or have setbacks left you wanting to give in? Does heartbreak have you doubting your own soul? Is the universe your enemy or friend? Do you despair each time you see your face? Do past hopes and dreams seem like a waste of time? Do you wish you were in another place? Do you wonder...
  • Poem/song: "Please Don't Take My Baby"

    02/18/2009 3:50:11 AM PST · by mft112345 · 280+ views
    Song/poem about grief and loss. Click link to watch performance. Thank you. Please don't take my baby. To my sick child I will cling. Please don't take my baby. I would trade 'most anything. Just go 'way grim reaper With the sadness that you bring. Wake up with the night sweats To confirm my baby's here. Wake up with the night sweats Overwhelmed by pain and fear. Just go 'way grim reaper. Don't you quench your thirst for tears. Goodbye to my baby. Watch 'em put you in the grave. Goodbye to my baby. Life your doctors couldn't save. Please...
  • W.Va. man killed 3-year-old son during shooting game, police say

    12/05/2008 7:40:24 PM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 41 replies · 1,533+ views
    The Times-West Virginian ^ | 12-01-08 | staff
    BECKLEY — A 3-year-old Raleigh County boy was fatally shot by his father as the two were playing a game that involved a shotgun, police said. Gary Wayne Garretson, 44, of Coal City is being held at Southern Regional Jail on charges of death of a child by parent by child abuse. His bond was set at $500,000. Raleigh County Deputies were called to Garretson's Coal City Road home Saturday afternoon where they found the toddler, identified as Anthony Garretson, already dead, according to a complaint filed in Raleigh County Magistrate Court. The boy had been shot in the face...
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    11/05/2008 9:27:20 AM PST · by LeoOshkosh · 6 replies · 503+ views
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  • Can You Cross Out ‘Hillary’ and Write ‘Sarah’?

    08/30/2008 9:50:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 289+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 31, 2008 | KATE ZERNIKE
    Unity Deferred It was an awfully complicated week to be a Hillary supporter. Her voters headed into the Democratic National Convention in Denver with anger, with threats to reprise 1968. Then came the swelling of pride, as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton gave what many considered the speech of her life. But, oh, the regret: if only she had campaigned with that kind of oratory! By the time Mrs. Clinton graciously called for the convention to nominate Senator Barack Obama by acclamation, some of her supporters were working their way toward acceptance, wiping tears but nodding as she declared that the...
  • America Supports You: ‘Good Grief Camp’ Helps Children Overcome Loss

    06/23/2008 5:59:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 270+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 23, 2008 – Losing a parent or sibling who served in the military can be devastating to children, but they don’t have to cope alone. Monica Williams, 4, of Honolulu, was delighted to see her 2007 Good Grief Camp mentor, Javaris Warthen, when she came back to camp this year. For children attending the camp, a relationship with a mentor helps them cope with the loss of a loved one who served in the military. Monica's father, Sgt. Eugene Williams, died in Iraq in 2003. Photo courtesy of TAPS  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Thanks to...
  • Texas soldier's father calls son's death 'a waste'

    03/26/2008 1:18:08 PM PDT · by avacado · 24 replies · 1,668+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 25, 2008 | ROSANNA RUIZ
    Texas soldier's father calls son's death 'a waste'Sgt. Gregory Unruh, 28, died in vehicle rollover in Iraq Sgt. Gregory Daniel Unruh was in search of an adventure when he enlisted in the Army. But after five months in Iraq, the war was not what he expected, his father said Tuesday. The 28-year-old Unruh died March 19 in Mandali, Iraq, from injuries suffered when his military vehicle rolled over during a reconnaissance mission. The incident remains under investigation. ... "I think it's a waste of his life," said an emotional Anthony Unruh, his father. "I don't think anybody should die that...
  • Harry Potter: The Archetype of an Abortion Survivor

    09/07/2007 8:16:04 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 40 replies · 850+ views
    Originally published in Catholic Insight December 2003 ^ | September 5, 2007 | Marie Peeters-Ney, MD and Philip G. Ney, M.D., M.A., FRCP(C), FRANZCP, RPsych
    Harry Potter: The Archetype of an Abortion Survivor By Marie Peeters-Ney, MD and Philip G. Ney, M.D., M.A., FRCP(C), FRANZCP, RPsychOriginally published in Catholic Insight December 2003Republished with permission and encouragement of authors One could speak about a worldwide "Harry Potter phenomenon," appearing soon after the Pokemon craze. The object of this discussion is to reflect on the possible reasons for the remarkable popularity of Harry Potter. Can the current craze be only due to good marketing skills? Does this book have exceptional literary value? Could the book be an indicator of a deeper cultural trend?  We wish to hypothesize...