Category Archives: Friend

“Man’s Best Counselor” by Kelly Farley

“Man’s Best Counselor” My wife Christine and I were never “pet people”.  Yeah, we use to think puppies and kittens were cute, but the thought of having a pet live in our house never crossed our minds.  We were both … Continue reading

Posted in Bereaved, counselor, Crying, Death of a baby, Death of a Child, Death of a daughter, Death of a son, Depression, Despair, dog, Friend, Healing, Hope, Inspiration, Living Simple, Loss of a Child, Loss of a Daughter, Loss of a Son, Man's Best Friend, Pain, puppy, Shih Tzu, weeping, Words of Encouragement | 11 Comments

“Fear of Loss”

Fear of Loss After the death of my son Noah I was stricken with the fear of losing another family member, particularly my wife.  Whenever we were not together, I would worry that something bad was going to happen to … Continue reading

Posted in Death of a baby, Death of a Child, Death of parent, Depression, Despair, dog, Emotions, Fear, Friend, Grief, Healing, Loss of a Child, Loss of a Daughter, Loss of a Son, Love, puppy, Scary | 13 Comments

“Giving Thanks”

Giving Thanks This was a tough posting for me to write.  Tough from the standpoint of wanting to write something that related to Thanksgiving but really not knowing where to start.  I don’t want people to think that I am … Continue reading

Posted in Bereaved, Compassion, Courage, Crying, Dear Friends, Death of a baby, Death of a Child, Depression, Despair, Emotions, Friend, Grief, Grieving Dads Words, Happiness, Healing, Hope, Inspiration, Life Lessons, Loss of a Child, Loss of a Daughter, Loss of a Son, Parental Bereavement Leave Act of 2011, Profound Life Experience, Tears, Thanksgiving, weeping, Words of Encouragement | 6 Comments

“Two Urns”

Two Urns Most people can’t fathom the thought of losing one child, let alone losing two.  I have two urns that sit on my dresser at our home.  The first one is for my sweet little girl Katie.  It is … Continue reading

Posted in 9/11, Anger, Bereaved, Compassion, Courage, Crying, Dear Friends, Death of a baby, Death of a Child, Depression, Despair, Devastation, Friend, Grief, Grieving Dads Words, Healing, Hope, Inspiration, Life Lessons, Living Simple, Loss of a Child, Loss of a Daughter, Loss of a Son, Profound Life Experience, Survival, Words of Encouragement | 18 Comments

“An Unfortunate Honor”

An Unfortunate Honor By Jim Santucci It has now been 150 weeks since Jillian left this world. Much has transpired since that time. I have gotten myself involved in many great non-profit groups focusing on the care of children and … Continue reading

Posted in Bereaved, Compassion, Courage, Death of a baby, Death of a Child, Friend, Grieving Dads Words, Healing, Hope, Inspiration, Life Lessons, Loss of a Child, Loss of a Daughter, Loss of a Son, Profound Life Experience, Words of Encouragement | 9 Comments

“Ways to Support a Grieving Dad”

I was recently asked to write a short article on ways to support a grieving dad and thought I would share the article here on this blog. Positive Ways to Support a Grieving Dad I often hear from grieving dads … Continue reading

Posted in Bereaved, Compassion, Courage, Crying, Death of a baby, Death of a Child, Depression, Despair, Emotions, Fear, Friend, Grief, Grieving Dads Words, Healing, Hope, Life Lessons, Loss of a Child, Loss of a Daughter, Loss of a Son, Pain, Profound Life Experience, Scary, Survival, Words of Encouragement | 7 Comments

“Give Yourself Permission” – Truisms About Grief

I have been posting a series of “Truisms About Grief” that I received from fellow grieving dad and friend, Charlie Schmidtke.  I met Charlie as part of this grieving dads project.  Please share your thoughts or stories regarding this subject. Grieving is a time to give … Continue reading

Posted in Bereaved, Breast Cancer, Courage, Crying, Dear Friends, Death of a baby, Death of a Child, Debilitating, Depression, Despair, Emotions, Friend, Grief, Grieving Dads Words, Happiness, Healing, Hope, Loss of a Child, Loss of a Daughter, Loss of a Son, Pain, Peace, Profound Life Experience, Survival, Truisms, Words of Encouragement | 18 Comments

“I Will Not Abandon You”

I received the following from Michael Mayette who is a friend of a grieving dad.  He wanted me to share his perspective as someone that has supported his friend.  I found it powerful to read his words and feel the compassion … Continue reading

Posted in Bereaved, Compassion, Crying, Death of a Child, Despair, Devastation, Emotions, Friend, Grief, Inspiration, Life Lessons, Loss of a Child, Pain, Tears, weeping, Words of Encouragement | 11 Comments

Billy Donovan’s Secret Sorrow | ThePostGame

Billy Donovan’s Secret Sorrow | ThePostGame. The link above is a well written story about three grieving dads that have formed a bond.  This is a story about three coaches that compete against each other in their professional life but … Continue reading

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“A Gift from Another Father”

Like most men I know, I was raised to be “strong,” and when things became difficult, you either dealt with it on your own, headed to the bar or a combination of both. I subscribed to this way of thinking … Continue reading

Posted in Bereaved, Compassion, Courage, Crying, Death of a Child, Emotions, Friend, Grief, Grieving Dads Words, Healing, Hope, Inspiration, Loss of a Child, Survival, Tears, Words of Encouragement | 2 Comments