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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Archive for the ‘Death and grieving’ Category

Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s books radiate light and love

I am so sick of woo-woo moments I could scream. Yes, woo-woo moments — phenomena called synchronicity by physicists and Jungians — those tiny, magical occasions of stars aligning, of paths crossing, of spooky action at a distance, courted by and beloved of romantics and writers everywhere. I’m having way too many of them, and […]

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The MISS Foundation: A lifeline to grieving families

Joanne Cacciatore of Sedona started the nonprofit MISS Foundation in 1996 to provide counseling, advocacy, research and education services to families who have endured the death of a child. To say she has been busy since Raising Arizona Kids magazine’s 2011 series about her foundation is an understatement. Between nearly losing a second child in […]

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Night of the Living Will: free legal help for families

Nothing could be more frightening than being forced to make tough decisions about a loved one’s health or long-term care when they can’t participate in the discussion. To remove that “specter” — and because it’s nearing Halloween — volunteer lawyers dressed as storybook characters will provide free assistance to families needing to establish healthcare directives […]

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Helping children through the grieving process

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A loss in the family can be a devastating experience. Children, especially, may need extra support to help them through the grieving process. “Children have a primary need to express their grief,” says Caryn Kondo, the clinical director at New Song Center for Grieving Children—a free, ongoing grief support-group program provided by Hospice of the Valley for […]

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Catching up with Karen Perry

Karen Perry, Angels Three, Superstition Mountains, plane crash, Rick D'Elia photo

As most of us check our grocery lists and stuff turkeys on Thanksgiving eve, Karen Perry will be hiking two miles to the top of Superstition Mountain to lay her hands upon a memorial etched with the faces of her three children. It has been four years since 9-year-old Morgan, 8-year-old Logan, 6-year-old Luke and […]

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THEN and NOW: Fathers reflect on grief

The Blain Christen family: Leandra (3), Jennifer, Leo, Jacob and Liev (9 months).

EDITOR’S NOTE: When Mary Ann Bashaw wrote her award-winning 2011 series about losing a child (“Finding Purpose in Grief”), she interviewed several fathers—including Jacob Blain Christen—for that year’s June issue. Here is an update on one of the dads who bravely opened up to her to share the male perspective on grieving. Read the series […]

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Teen dating violence:
When young love spins out of control

Bobbi Sudberry rushed home from work one afternoon after one of her six children called, concerned about police cars gathered on their street. “This is more than I can handle,” she recalls thinking, after an officer asked for a picture of her 17-year-old daughter Kaity. Sudberry called her husband, Ric, home from the office, and […]

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“You Matter” – Preventing teen suicide

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Sixteen-year-old-Andy Hull left school at lunchtime on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. He walked home, listened to some music in his bedroom and then shot himself with a family gun. “If this can happen to Andy, it can happen to anyone,” reflects his mother, LeAnn Hull. “Andy was a happy, great kid. He loved country music […]

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MISS Foundation Kindness Walk

Families and friends will walk in memory of children they have loved during the MISS Foundation’s third annual Kindness Walk and Safety Fair on May 19, Bereaved Parents Day. The MISS Foundation is an Arizona-based non-profit organization with a staff of dedicated volunteers who come to the aid of thousands of families all over the […]

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“The Tiffany Box” is a moving tribute to motherhood

An early chapter of The Tiffany Box, A Memoir, by Arizona-turned-California author Kathleen Buckstaff, raises the subject of picture day at school. Buckstaff describes her then 4-year-old daughter’s decision to wear a beloved but “tattered, stained sundress” for a photo that will forever document who she was during that year at school. Buckstaff is conflicted. […]

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