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Archive for May 2012

Reflections of the fallen

Few holidays impact me as much as Memorial Day.  As one of my friends who is a veteran said so well, “Memorial Day isn’t when we remember what we won.  It’s when we remember what we lost.” For the last several days, I’ve been remembering the fallen.  I started by recalling the first time the…

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Honoring America's Heroes on Memorial Day

To those that serve our country, and to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice, we remember and honor you today and everyday. Thank you! Would you like to share your story? Please contact us at

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Unfortunate Brain News

This weekend I saw an article on 11 Alive News about Dana Swanson.  Dana is a funny, married 30 year old, creative woman who recently learned she suffers from a brain tumor.  She chronicles her raw emotion with a wicked sense of humor for her friends, family and others dealing with life threatening illnesses on You Tube…

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A day to remember

By Howard Kalin Close to 300 members of the Kate’s Club community joined together on Saturday for our first annual Memory Walk and Spring Picnic. Children grieving the loss of a parent or sibling, other family members, volunteers, and corporate supporters showed up on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Coan Park in Kirkwood. Together, they walked in memory…

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LIVE from the Clubhouse

Today we have a special group of guest bloggers… our Kate’s Club Teens. We have been talking about the power of telling your grief story when combined with social media. I hope you enjoy what they wanted to share with you. Brainstorming their message… Tevonte’s Message: Composing his message “Although your love one is gone,…

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In anticipation of Mother's Day

Love.  Appreciation.  Remembering. In honor of mom, and all moms. My mom is 84 years old, and is a grieving child.  My maternal grandmother died at age 38.   When she was just 18, my mom stood in her nursing student’s cap and uniform and held her mom’s hand as she took her last breath.  She…

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Sharing Memories – "Over You"

One day, while listening to the radio, I heard the song “Over You” sung by Miranda Lambert. The first time I heard this song I was driving and not paying attention to the lyrics. I did hear the chorus pretty well – But you went away/How dare you/I miss you/They say I’ll be okay/But I’m…

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Another father lost

Sydney is 19. Jake is 17. Hunter is 12. They were among the children across our country who lost a parent yesterday. Sydney, Jake + Hunter’s Dad: Junior Seau Most of these children are nameless and faceless to the public at large. Sydney, Jake and Hunter are different. Their dad’s death was breaking, national news.…

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People Want to Talk

This weekend I had a chance to visit friends who moved away a couple of years ago due to a work transfer.  We talked about work and kids and Kate’s Club.  One of these friends lost her Dad two years ago last month.  She nodded in complete agreement when I mentioned Kate’s Club’s open model system – members may attend programs after long absences…

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