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Monday, March 19, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘grief’

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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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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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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Gilbert family finds solace in New Song Center

On May 18, 2011, Carolina Gardner of Gilbert received news that her 39-year-old husband, Jonathan Gardner, was having a heart attack. Jonathan was in Tucson on business, so he was rushed to Northwest Medical Center. Carolina left her two daughters—Lilly, now 12, and Lizzy, now 10—with her mother and made the 90-minute drive from Gilbert […]

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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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New programs offered this fall at New Song Center

New Song Center for Grieving Children

The New Song Center for Grieving Children, a non-profit program of Hospice of the Valley, offers grief support for families who have recently lost a loved one. The organization provides an outlet for children, teens and young adults to cope with grief through sharing stories, art, music, dance and recreation. Lilly Gardner, 12, of Gilbert, who experienced […]

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Beauty in simplicity

As too many theaters replace performance art with pageantry, Lynn Trimble shares news of a Valley production that returns the heart to art with simple, beautiful storytelling rich in themes that’ve touched all our lives.

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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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Photographing grieving fathers

A guest blog by Raising Arizona Kids staff photographer Dan Friedman For our June issue, I photographed four dads who had lost children for Mary Ann Bashaw’s story, “Fathers Reflect on Grief.” I wasn’t sure how the four dads would react to me tracking them down by email and telephone to make arrangements to take their […]

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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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