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October 16, 2005

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Anita

Excellent advice, especially the part about not offering what you can't deliver. Sometimes well-meaning people overwhelm themselves and it becomes a duty or obligation rather than doing it out of the goodness of one's heart. By that point, transparency is very evident; the giver knows the receiver sees right through him and no one feels better.

Roger

Ann, thank you for sharing this. Each of my grief experiences have been different, but along the way, I have had many of the same feelings as you. Ron remains ill, and without my faith, his mom, and Prozac, I don't know how I would REALLY feel right now. The Prozac does so much to mask one's real feelings, but I need to stay strong for Ron, love him, and help him to wherever this road leads. My needs are second.

An office friend of mine just lost her dad yesterday, and of course, you came to mind. Forgive me for my inattention. I assure you, I have thought and prayed for you often. With Ron's illness, I have been more hermit-like with only my church and my gardening to help me along. Friends have been great with cards, calls, visits, food, etc., but in the end everyone is alone.

But your words offer me hope and light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for being a friend and thank you again for these words.

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