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My Grief Journey

Trading Places

When I was a younger girl, my mother told me I didn’t speak until I was almost 4 years old. This was because my big

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Say My Loved One’s Name (or “How Do I Keep My Loved One in the Public Eye?”)

One of the worst feelings you can experience is caused by the idea everyone (or most people) don’t even remember your loved one existed… yet

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How to Raise Money for a Funeral or Reward Fund using Crowdfunding

When we started Corey’s Network, Inc., one of the first things I did was research which crowd-funding (internet supported) program would take the least amount

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A Simple Man

Two days before Corey was attacked, I shared a YouTube video to his Facebook page.  It was the song “Simple Man” (Lynyrd Skynyrd).  I wanted

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Waiting up

Shelley Cartwright Metje · July 12 at 4:05am · It’s 4am. I can’t sleep. I keep thinking about you. I wish sometimes that I could

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July… not my favorite month.

I feel myself being dragged closer and closer to July 27th. This will be the fourth anniversary of Corey’s attack. The 28th… the day he

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I Can’t Do This…

My mind can’t comprehend what’s happening any more! What has happened to us? Have we become so cold and calloused that we are getting used

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Skeletons in My Closet…

I’m often asked how I can work with families that are surviving the same tragedy I’ve endured. “Is it cathartic?”, “Doesn’t it bring back bad

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A Place of My Own

Today was Mother’s Day. I had a quiet but pleasant day filled with my sons making me breakfast and Bob making me dinner.  In the

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How Can I Help Someone Going Through Grief?

When Corey was murdered, I was very lucky. I had Bob and my sisters helping me. Additionally, I had Corey’s other siblings to give me

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