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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Archive for the ‘Finding Purpose in Grief series’ Category

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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Rising to service, rising to challenge

Our magazine first explored the difficult topic of a child’s death in 1991, when a local mom shared a first-person account of her own excruciating journey. “Sarah’s Story” was something that I, then the mother of healthy 5- and 3-year-old sons, couldn’t fathom. I still can’t. The impact of her story never left me — […]

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FINDING PURPOSE IN GRIEF: Expressions of grief

Launching a new school year often begins with a shopping trip. Families head out to take advantage of back-to-school deals on backpacks, new clothes and school supplies. The annual outing is a ritual with the promise of change and growth ahead. Kara L. C. Jones, of Sedona, joined millions of others in this seasonal excursion, […]

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FINDING PURPOSE IN GRIEF: Fathers reflect on grief

Jimmy Carrauthers Edwin Anthony Pellecier, Jr. Nov. 17, 1998 – Dec. 26, 2008 As Jimmy Carrauthers of Phoenix sits down to talk about his late 10-year-old stepson Edwin, he shares a treasure trove of images of a beautiful little boy on the tiny screen of his iPhone. “To this day I walk around numb,” says […]

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FINDING PURPOSE IN GRIEF: When birth and death merge

“There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.” — Author unknown Few events in life elicit more unfettered joy than news that a baby is on the way. Family and friends rally around the mother-to-be, the baby’s gender and possible names are pondered and regular visits to the […]

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FINDING PURPOSE IN GRIEF: The MISS foundation offers a light at the end of life’s darkest tunnel

A young mother nears the end of her pregnancy with the hope that this child will be as healthy as her other three children. For some reason, however, she feels a sense that something is wrong. This pregnancy has not been like the others. Her doctor dismisses her concerns, assuring her that all is well. […]

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