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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s out there and to my Mom watching over me!

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on May 8, 2016

Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for those that have lost a child, have had a miscarriage, a stillbirth or have lost their mother or grandmother. From my own experience, Mother’s Day is filled with mixed emotions of celebration and sadness from the loss of my mother and from my miscarriage a few years ago.

For those that are grieving today, my hope for you is that your family and friends surround you with the love and support you need to heal your heart today.

 “A mother is not defined by the number of children you can see, but by the love she holds in her heart.”
~  Franchesca Cox

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“The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her.”

Do you have a special tradition or celebration that honors your mom’s memory on Mother’s Day? We would love to be able to share your story with our readers. Please email your story to us at info@ididnotknowwhattosay.com.

Mother’s Day Remembrance & Grief Support Resources
Loss of a child, Miscarriage/Stillborn, Loss of a Mother & Loss of a Grandmother

Loss of a Parent
Resources on how to support a loved one grieving the loss of a parent.

Miscarriage ~ Stillbirth ~ Infant Loss
Resources on how to support a loved one grieving the loss due to Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant loss.

Mother’s Day Remembrance Gifts
Loss of a child, Miscarriage/Stillborn, Loss of a Mother & Loss of a Grandmother

Visit our Thoughtful Sympathy Gifts page for a wide variety of sympathy gift ideas for your loved ones. We hope the thoughtful gifts listed on our website inspire you to give warmth and joy to your friends and family in their time of need.

Sending lots of love and hugs today,

Lori Pederson, Founder
I Did Not Know What To Say.com

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on November 26, 2015

Wishing You & Your Family a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~Melody Beattie

May Your Thanksgiving be Filled with Many Blessings!

Lori Pederson
Founder
I Did Not Know What To Say

Holiday Grief Support Resources  The holidays can be a difficult time for those that are grieving.  Click here to explore the many resources we have compiled on how to support a grieving loved one this holiday season.  If you have a resource you would like to share, please email us.

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on March 17, 2012

Irish Blessing

May you see God’s light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
Even in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
when the shadows fall—
You do not walk alone.

 

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Understanding Spirituality From A to Z by Ellen Gerst

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on February 18, 2012

Understanding Spirituality From A to Z

 

Ellen Gerst, a grief and relationship coach, is offering a FREE download of the Kindle edition of her book, Understanding Spirituality From A to Z, today through Sunday (2/17-2/19). You don’t need a Kindle to read it. You can download a free reading app available at the link, too. She said many of the concepts explained helped in navigating through her own grief journey. http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Spirituality-Z-ebook/dp/B006WQECTQ

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Merry Christmas!

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on December 26, 2011

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! 
~Hamilton Wright Mabie

Christmas is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.
~Dale Evans

 

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What is your favorite inspirational prayer for someone that has lost a loved one?

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on September 17, 2010

What is your favorite inspirational prayer for someone that has lost a loved one?

Please help us add to our list of inspirational prayers from all religions and beliefs.  We invite you to add your suggestions to the comment section below 

·         The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

·         God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

·         His Faithfulness Will Be Your Shield.  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4|

·          “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”  Psalm 30:5

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What’s in your Tool Box?

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on August 27, 2010

Last week I came across Beliefnet’s gallery piece on How To Start A Self Esteem Folder which reminded me of my old Inspirational Tool Box.  Many years ago I created a box filled with quotes and affirmations, funny cartoons, inspirational emails and letters from friends, family and my mentors, a list of movies and songs that bring me joy, and a list of books that have inspired me through the tough times. 

I realized it had been awhile since I used my Tool Box, so today I dusted off the cover and took a look inside.  I found many thoughtful pieces including the lyrics to the song Love Changes Everything by Andrew Lloyd Weber; a beautiful song to remind us that love really is the answer.

What’s in your Inspirational Tool Box? 
We invite you to share what inspires you and brings you joy.

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Don’t Miss Our Monthly Newsletter

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on August 21, 2010

Don’t miss our monthly newsletter featuring tips, articles and inspirational stories on how to assist a loved one through the journey of restoring balance in their life after a loss.

August 2010 – Featured Article:

A Hug to Remember

Grief sometimes can manifest in anger.  One of the most incredible things you can do for your loved one is to show compassion instead of defensiveness…

To read more, Click on the link below to sign up for our Monthly Newsletter:
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Our Newsletter includes tips, articles and inspirational stories on how to assist your friends and family members through the journey of restoring balance in their life after the death of a love one.
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You will receive my FREE Special Report, “Twenty-Five Supportive Things You Can Do For Someone That Has Lost a Loved One ~ Plus Ten Thoughtful Gift Ideas”

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Happy 4th of July

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on July 4, 2010

“Yesterday, the greatest question was decided, which ever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was or will be decided among men. You will see in a few days a Declaration setting forth the causes which have impelled us to this mighty revolution, and the reasons which will justify it in the sight of God and man. … It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Day’s Transaction.” – John Adams to Abigail Adams – July 3, 1776

 “May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.” – Thomas Jefferson, June 24, 1826.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY AMERICA!

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“What is Death” by Lexie Brockway Potamkin – Survey Request

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on May 23, 2010

We have all lost loved ones. We have all felt the pangs of loss when we hear about huge calamities or when a beloved famous person dies.  Ever wonder what death is really like? Does it mean gently slipping gently out of your body and into heaven as if slipping into another room…could it be we leave our bodies but our hearts and souls live on… do we meet our loved ones… are we escorted by angels…do we see God… is it a beautiful peaceful journey or is it a tragedy to be feared… do we still have a regrets and/or sense of humor when we get to the “other side”?  

Please share what you know in your heart and share any experiences you have had that have helped you answer the question, “What is death?”   http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W2G6B26

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