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John W. James

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Handbook & When Children Grieve


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Adapting to the death of someone important to you (Published 2/1/2011)

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Anonymous, a Tributes.com visitor from FL writes:

“I lost my sister when she was 27 yrs old and I was 25. It was such a shock due to a horrific car accident. She left 3 kids behind, who I love with all my heart. It has been 8 yrs now and it STILL hard and STILL can't accept her death. Since her passing, Nothing has been the same...I don't want to enjoy anything. I miss her sooo much and I know my sister would be someone who I could always count on. Will it ever get better? I always think about her and her children and my heart breaks. It really has been a struggle for me, I now deal with depression and panic disorder. I was given a wonderful gift 2 yrs after my sister died, I had a baby of my own and my daughter was born on my sister's anniversary of her death. On that day, It's a bitter sweet but I feel soooo guilty to even crack a smile on that day. Why can't I accept her death? When will I heal?”


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