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Summer is family time ...
The kids are out of school and there are any number of reasons for a family to gather tocelebrate. We just celebrated Mother’s Day a couple of weeks ago and Father’s Day is comingup in another week or so. There are family graduations, family reunions and summer camp-ing trips or other vacations. There are city celebrations, parades, days spent at the lake and backyard barbecues. But, for some, those gatherings can be bittersweet. In earliertalks of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up, we wondered... what is it like for those parents who have lost a child? How dothey move on?I had an aunt and uncle once tell me, following the death of their adult daughter: “A parent should NEVER have to bury theirchild.”The Compassionate Friends organization is one place whereparents can turn for support. Paulette Wiley shares the mission of that organization with us through our question and answer seg-ment in today’s issue, and two parents who have experienced lossfirsthand share their poignant stories as well. While their stories are heartbreaking, it never hurts for all of us to take a step back andthink about the harsh realities of life, and to be forever thankful for what we have. Family isNo. 1. With that, our “Life Happens” column addresses life situations and the notion thatthere are some things that are simply beyond our control. We must all allow ourselves tofeel, but find ways to move on through acceptance. Our “Spirits” segment suggests that we “slow down and see” the things around us.One way to do just that is through gardening or spending time outdoors this summer.Gardening these days isn’t just about the green plants, it has become so much more. Gar-den art is a way of dressing up our gardens and letting our personalities shine through.That’s why my gardens are filled with frogs. Someone once shared with me this frog phrase:
n od. Garden pieces, particularly angels, can also be a way of honoring the loss of a loved one.So, this summer, take a step back. Remember what is important in your life, and cher-ish your time spent with loved ones. But, most of all ... Enjoy!If you have a topic you’d like to see in Live it!, send your story idea to firstname.lastname@example.org. We love to hear from our readers. You can also “like” us on Facebook, leave comments atliveit.areavoices.com or send us a tweet @Liveitmag.Summer in west central Minnesota … it really is a beautiful thing …
Sharon BomstadLive it! Editor
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