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Guest Post: Part 3 of 3 Reducing Grief

Grief Hierarchy – Reducing Grief by Stan Goldberg, PhD In Part 1 of Grief Hierarchy, I presented the idea grief shouldn’t be evaluated in terms of whose is greater. In Part 2, I introduced the notion (controversial based on the feedback I received) we don’t grieve the loss of the person or ability, but rather […]

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Guest Post: Blessings from Pope John Paul II

Years ago, Armando was diagnosed at 16 with stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma. After seven cycles of chemotherapy and over thirty of radiation, Armando wished to meet Pope John Paul II in May of 2000. He writes of his experience below, now lovingly translated from his native Spanish by our Wish Coordinator Jennifer. Upon reading his […]

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Guest Post: Part 2 of 3 The Nature of Grief

Grief Hierarchy – The Nature of Grief by Stan Goldberg, PhD In the first installment of this series, I presented the idea grief shouldn’t be placed on a hierarchy of importance. I maintained the grief of someone who lost a dog can be as substantial as someone who lost a husband. In this second part of […]

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Guest Post: Part 1 of 3 Grief Hierarchy

Grief Hierarchy – It Shouldn’t Exist by Stan Goldberg, PhD Everyone has lost a partner, friend, parent, job, ability, pet, or object that created joy. It is something viewed as irreplaceable by the person experiencing the loss, but often thought trivial by others. Grief Hierarchy Who would view the loss of a pet as equivalent […]

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A Narrative Poem

We would like to thank our friend Dr. Anthony Sweeting who was inspired to write a poem in honor of our children and good work of the Foundation. He states the purpose of this piece is: ~ To honor the benevolent work of the Foundation. ~ To bring recognition to its founders. ~ To present […]

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Guest Post: Leilani Wishes to See Her Best Friend

A Story About Childhood Cancer by Charlean (Leilani’s Mom) Leilani was first diagnosed with Wilms Tumor at the age of 5. Hearing that your daughter has cancer was hard, and heartbreaking! But my Leilani stayed strong as she went through chemotherapy and surgery to remove the tumor and a kidney. Shortly after Leilani finished treatment, […]

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Guest Post: “You Have Cancer”

by Patricia Hernandez Of the many words I have heard over my lifetime, these were the least expected and the most impactful. In the summer of 2002, my partner Kelley and I were discussing plans to expand our family and my new career move. We were excited that our lives were about to change; we […]

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Guest Post: Derrick’s Wish for Disney

“Derrick was diagnosed at age 5 with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) this past July. After falling off of a hammock, Derrick cut his knee and by the next day, the wound was badly infected. He complained it hurt to walk on his leg, so his Mom took him to the emergency room on a Sunday. […]

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