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Please read these stories from other parents, families and friends who have suffered and are surviving the physical loss of their beloved child or close loved one. This community of fellow bereaved parents, family and peers will touch your heart and remind you that you are not alone. You will survive this journey… one step at a time. Others are on this path… just a few steps ahead or behind you.

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S. Johnson Remembers Her Son
My son was killed on December 20, 2008 by a drunk driver and it still feels like yesterday. I miss his smile, laugh, and his wonderful personality. He made everyone laugh. I love and miss him so very much! The drunk drive was charger with 20 years for 2nd degree murder.... Read More »

Linda Barney Remembers Her Son
My son was killed on his 29th birthday. He was my love child you know the baby you want to have when you first get married. He was the only one of my four kids that could make me laugh. I''m blessed that he left me with 2 grand kids a girl and a boy I still miss him dearly and I cry everyday I''m seeing a therapist but nothing seem to help my grief.My family thinks I should be getting over it by now. But having your child murdered is just something I can''t let go. Grief is the price we pay for loving.... Read More »

Remembering Tylan Gosnell
My youngest son Tylan Gosnell went to be with Jesus on June 13 2013! He was 15 months old. My sister was watching both of my children. She took them swimming at my grandfathers all of the time. This time Tylan fell in the pool and was rushed to the hospital. He was on life support until the next day.  At 3:08 pm my baby became my angel. Thanks for listening Chandie Gosnell... Read More »

Juliann Remembers her nephew and brother
On Sept. 21, 2012, my nephew and his wife of 7 years, were on their way home from celebrating their wedding anniversary. They were only 5 minutes from home when they were struck head on by a drunk driver and killed instantly. They leave behind a little boy. Our family''s grief is beyond words. As if this tragedy wasn't enough, my brother who was the father of my nephew, died just three weeks later. He had been battling stage 4 pulminary hypertension, and needed a heart and lung transplant. He did not meet the criteria to receive them but was doing well on medication. That is up until ... Read More »

Beverly Patrick remembers her son Jeff
I read only a few lines of Jeff Milano-Johnson story. Except for his age and details of his passing, I could have written every single word. I felt it deep in my soul, God Bless you. I did have my son for43 years. He had married but had no children.... Read More »

Jamie Ward Remembers her son
My 27-year young son was killed 6 weeks ago. This is a roller-coaster ride. I know there is no answer, but I am curious if not remembering or not allowing myself to feel so deeply good, or if it is good to just keep going into the pain. That is certainly the easier task. I put pictures out . I take them away. I'm not really functioning properly. It feels just like I'm sitting outside of myself. Thanks - and Peace to You!!! ... Read More »

Remembering Karla Fogler and her unconditional love
On December 31, 2011 at approximately 6:30 pm my beloved mother Karla Fogler collapsed in the arms of her beloved husband Neil. My plans for this New Years Eve began with a movie with my beautiful wife Rachel and then a small celebration with our closest and dearest friends, Jeffrey and Michael. Rachel and I decided on the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I called my best friend Jeffrey and told him we would see him after our movie. All I told Jeffrey was the name of the movie and the time we were going. At approximate 7pm, I missed a call from my step-father telling me my mother ... Read More »

Marshall Wayne Boyd
My brother Marshall died on February12, 2011. His death rocked my world. I just couldn't believe it. I was in shock and I still am! My brother Marshall had many health issues and due to his deep depression and reactions to several medications, he took his own life. He was loved by all that knew him, and often said that he would give his last meal to any one that needed it. I feel so lost and often wonder if I could have done more for him. He is laid to rest beside his grandmother and cousin. His adult son and two daughters remind me of him. Our community and extended family eventually came ... Read More »

Kevin Freeman, age 28, June 3, 2011
  I received a phone call from Kevin on June 2, 2011 telling me that he was in the hospital after having a "seizure". Kevin, age 28, had no history of seizures. I was working the night shift that night and was able to go home so that I could travel to where Kevin lived 4 1/2 hours away. He called at 1 am to say he was going to be admitted to the hospital, then he called again at 2:45 am to say he was being discharged and he loved me and would see me in the morning. I went to get a couple hours of sleep before heading out. Little did I know that would be the last wor... Read More »

Riley Paige Sharpe
    On July 1, 2010 my beautiful grandaughter Riley Paige Sharpe, who was 3 years old, was hit by a car and passed. The community came to our rescue for the funeral home expenses and the burial. What a wonderful community we have in Rochester, N.Y.!! Thank you so very very much to the Josh Rojas Foundation for their help with the monument for such a wonderful child. Parents and grandparents should not have to bury a child, but with the help of this wonderful city we live in, and the people like this foundation, our child was put to rest with dignity. Words can never be enough to ... Read More »

Marci Lyn
  My daughter Marci Lyn was killed in a car accident by a negligent driver who ran a light on Aug. 28, 2001. She was 29 years old and was on her way to work when a man driving a city truck with a plow hook still attached hit her car and caused extreme harm to her body. She was on a respirator for four days with her family by her side the whole time. She had multiple serious injuries and she was brain dead. She was one of two daughters and was beautiful inside and out. Eventually I went to The Compassionate Friends meetings and became the editor of the newsletter. Doing all of this rese... Read More »

Jeff Milano-Johnson
My son Jeff died on April 11, 2007. It still feels unreal to me. It has been a long struggle the past years. Mostly, I am just proud of continuing to accept the challenges that each day brings to me. At times, quite often at the beginning, I simply did not have the will to live. The pain was much too debilitating...simply unbearable. Is just wasn't meant to be --- my 14 year old bouncy and beautiful blue eyed son dying of a brain aneursym on the lacrosse field. Jeff was a yard from his older brother. Jeff was passing the ball to his best friend, James, who together with his brother saw his eye... Read More »

Josh's story
  It's been 11+ years since we last saw our son's beautiful smile, touched his sweet face or heard his amazing giggle. However, if I close my eyes, I am right back to that ordinary Tuesday evening in April, 2005. Like any other spring school night, Josh had done his homework, played a bit of Playstation II, ate a quick dinner and got ready for travel soccer practice. My husband, Pat, was dropping him off but had to coach our daughter, Katrina on another field a half hour later. Due to only having one car, I was going to Josh's practice a bit late and staying to bring him home before pic... Read More »

Insights from Kristan Rojas
The people who really stand out in my memory are the ones who didn't stop checking on us. They didn't give us "space" or "time." We are going to be sad for the rest of our lives... that's probably a long, long time. When is a good time to contact the family? ASAP. It doesn't have to be a grand gesture. Things to say: - "I'm so very sorry for your loss!" - "I'm sorry. I wish I could help you somehow." - "I love you." "I love your child." - What do you need?" etc. - "Thank you for sharing this wonderful child with us."... Read More »

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