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Grief is painful and exhausting during normal times. And now, with the social distancing restrictions of the pandemic, mourners might feel as if they’re walking a tightrope without a safety net. In an effort to stem the spread of the virus, family members are being prevented from sitting at the bedsides of their dying relatives. Tears come to my eyes when I imagine spouses and children having to [...]
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I wrote this in-depth article after speaking with a recent liver recipient. He expressed his profound appreciation as well as his guilt surrounding his life-saving transplant. My purpose in sharing our story is to convey my family's healing experience in the years following the donation of my daughter Laura's liver. We have since developed a close relationship with the recipient Trish O'Neill, who is a special education teacher [...]
During my 30-minute interview with Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute, we talked about suddenly losing our children to aggressive childhood cancers. I was reminded that each person processes grief differently and yet common threads exist within each story.
CREATE A PANDEMIC OF CARING What's Going On? College graduations, weddings, and major sporting events canceled. Dreams deferred or no longer possible. The COVID-19 pandemic reminds me of a far-fetched science fiction, not our current reality. Are you questioning your previously-held beliefs about the way the world is supposed to work? Do you fear for your personal safety and health of your family? Perhaps you feel ill-equipped [...]
In Permission to Thrive, the author chronicles the journey from post-traumatic stress to post traumatic growth, and how her community and faith helped her heal MILWAUKEE — When Susan Angel Miller’s eldest daughter Laura was just 14 years old the unthinkable happened. One morning the normally healthy high school freshman woke up to a blinding headache. Three days later she was dead from a malignant brain tumor. "We [...]
Susan Angel Miller | Permission to Thrive: My Journey from Grief to Growth (LRS Press) The title alone caught my attention than the cover drew me in. The tagline “my journey from grief to growth” only sealed the deal. And like that, I was in hook, line, and sinker. The harrowing tale was an eye-opener for sure. As a mother of three girls, Susan Angel Miller’s story hit [...]