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A JOURNEY OF GRIEF

The world watched as Tahlequah, the mother Orca whale who lost her newborn calf shortly after it was born this Summer, carried her deceased baby over 1,000 miles.  She was loath to give it up, to let go.  When Tahlequah needed to eat, other members of the pod would take over carrying the little whale’s body.  Her pod was right there with her all the time helping the Orca Momma with her needs.  Apparently the 17 days that Tahlequah carried her baby, was the longest amount of time researchers had witnessed Orcas carrying their dead babies.  This heartbroken Mom just did not want to let go and her pod stood by her the whole time.  No judgments.

It is hard to let our babies go and some of us have to, even when our hearts scream NO!  Not only was this bereaved Mom supported by her peers as she grieved, they supported her when she needed to eat and stepped in to share the responsibility with her of caring for her child.

Humans can learn an awful lot from animals.

 

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This amazing photographer of twin brothers, one lost in utero, has won national and international acclaim.  It is original, speaks volumes about the connection of multiples and is an everlasting memory for the parents of the little boy who could not stay on Earth.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/106947746/picture-of-twin-with-his-brothers-ashes-wins-prestigious-international-award

 

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“As long as I can, I will look at this world for both of us, as long as I can, I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us.”

~Author unknown

 

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You must do the thing you think you cannot do.     Eleanor Roosevelt

Learning to accept what was unthinkable changes you.   Jackie Kennedy

We cannot afford to forget any experience, not even the most painful.

 Dag Hamarshjold

 

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I am very excited to read about this is this morning’s news feed. The Dionne Quintuplets are the only recorded MONOZYGOTIC (Identical) quintuplets in the world. Unfortunately the story takes a down turn from that point as three levels of government stepped in and took the babies from their parents and other siblings, placed them in an observation building and displayed them to the public for the first nine years of their lives. “Quintland,” as the compound was called, became a huge money maker for the area as more than five million tourists viewed them through a one-way mirror.
The 5 young ladies were returned to their parents aged 9 and virtually were strangers to not only their parents, but their 8 other siblings as well due to their long, imposed separation from their family. The reunion did not go well at all and in the
late 1980s, the Canadian government compensated the surviving Quints for their pain and suffering as a result of the rupture caused by their forced removal from their family home. This was not one of Canada’s finer moments.
Both myself (www.jumelle.ca) and Multiple Births Canada (www.multiplebirthscanada.org) have been working for several decades to ensure that multiples in Canada and beyond are not exploited, forceably or needlessly removed from their families or separated from each other for adoption. We must learn from the mistakes of the past and ensure that our errors in judgement are not carried forward.
My heart feels good this morning as this tragedy of circumstances of birth is somewhat rectified, acknowledged and the Dionne Family fully recognized for the very special and unique family they are.

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A new children’s book has just been released and it focuses on sharing a death with young children, and what their feelings might involve as a result. Their feelings may be  very different than an adult’s might, for example. Another example is introducing children to the rituals of a funeral.
 
The book is called THE FUNERAL and was written by Matt James.

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Kim Weatherall owner of Beyond Your Office has profiled Lynda.  If you are interested in learning more, please look at the following Link.

http://www.beyondyouroffice.com/up-close-inspirational/lynda-p-haddon/

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