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At the beginning of summer, my dad announced he intended to be done with the flower garden space in his backyard. It has become too much work for him to take care of and he decided to hire someone to come and ‘undo the garden.’

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I’ve written about my mother many times here on my blog. I even wrote a whole post about my dad once. But I have yet to write about my other mother – my mother-in-law. Her name is Margaret.

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What makes a friend a friend? Can you really be friends with someone you’ve never met? Exactly what makes someone qualify as your friend probably differs a little bit for each of us as we all have our own what makes a friend “requirements,” but as for the second question, there’s no doubt in my mind that the answer is an emphatic yes!

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June 8th is my mother’s birthday. This year she would have turned 85; a milestone birthday she never reached, nor did she reach the six that came before it.

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When I started blogging over three years ago now, I knew from the get-go I wanted to write about breast cancer and loss. When my mother died from metastatic breast cancer my life changed forever. Less than two years later when I was diagnosed with breast cancer myself, obviously things changed for me pretty darn dramatically again.

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I received an email recently from someone who had experienced the loss of her sweet baby girl over a year ago. Obviously the last holiday season was the first one after her loss and people were “expecting” her to be grieving then. This year she wasn’t quite so sure what people expected and she asked me how I thought she should handle the holidays this year.

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I am certainly no expert when it comes to giving advice about grief, but I have learned a few things along the way. I’ve started compiling lists of lessons I’ve learned from loss. You can find list one here and list two here. Undoubtedly, more lists will be coming…

If I were asked to suggest one piece of advice to help someone who is grieving, I’d be hard pressed to come up with just one thing, but I’d probably have to go with this:

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