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When Your Friend’s Child Dies


The death of a child is ALWAYS traumatic.  No parent ever dreams of the day when they will have to bury their own child.  Our culture deems that we as children will eventually have to plan the funerals for our parents.  Never, do we expect to purchase a miniature casket.

What happens when you friend loses a child?  Being there for them, emotionally, can be so very difficult.  You don’t know what to say or how to act.  Do you mention the child, or do you avoid the issue?

A dear friend of mine lost her son and began the J.O.S.H. Foundation (Joining Others Seeking Healing) to be able to help families with the horrible tragic loss of a child. One of the projects completed by the J.O.S.H. Foundation was an Angel of Hope Memorial Garden in Eldersburg, MD.  The memorial garden is a place where parents and family members can go to grieve.  The actual Angel of Hope was born from the book The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans (who does a great deal of philanthropic work) and is one of over 100 Angel of Hope memorial gardens in the US dedicated to children.

When talking to my friend, years after the tragic event, one of the things she said to me, that has really stuck through the years, is that she so very much appreciates when her friends send a card to her on the anniversary of her son’s death. No matter how many years go by, she relives the crisis on that day…just knowing that her friends and family members are thinking of her gives her a great deal of comfort.

However, not everyone would appreciate the reminder each year. One thing we know for sure is that all people are different. Below is a presentation of some very basic do’s and don’ts for how you CAN help.

Dos and Don’ts for Friends of Bereaved Parents


Let me just start by saying, no, I am not a bereaved parent.  I am very blessed with that.  I do, however, volunteer for a friend’s organization, The J.O.S.H. Foundation, and her project: The Angel of Hope Memorial Garden in Maryland.

While working for Cindy at the J.O.S.H. Foundation, I developed a slideshow for her as a tool to help people understand how they can help and what they should maybe NOT say to a friend who has just lost a child.  Please feel free to share this slideshow with those who can benefit from it’s content.

God bless, my friends!

Love at First Sight…Again?


It is so amazing when you meet someone in your life and instantly have a very deep and profound connection with them. Call it kismet (fate) if you like, but I prefer to think of it as Divine Intervention. Particularly when it is two people who seem to immediately become interconnected with your world.

You are instantly taken aback and in awe. So much so, that you feel as though you are losing your mind. But at the same time, your mind has never been so clear and so sure.

These are people who are put into your life for a specific REASON, not reliant on any particular time factor. You instantly learn from them, and you immediately want to help, love, and nurture them.

Sometimes these people are in our lives for what only seems like a moment in time. Sometimes they carry us to the end. NO MATTER WHAT, they will forever live within our hearts and our souls.

SunniMonk's Blog

Have you ever looked at someone and immediately knew that they would be a forever part of your life?  With one single momentary glance, your pulse races, your palms sweat, your mind and thoughts are obliterated, and you are overcome with a deep, mystical sense of familiarity and comfort.   Looking back at the memory, you study the details of the moment, and you realize that there was like a light behind the person, magnifying thier soul to your own.  The thought of that person consumes your every thought and moment from then on.  The thoughts of them might even drive you insane, or at least you will feel that way. 

I guess I don’t believe it is really love at “first” sight…but maybe more of a “rekindling of souls.”  I have been fortunate enough to experience this revelation a few times.  The first time would be the love of my life. …

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