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When we left the church to drive to the cemetery after our son died, I remember looking out of the car window wondering what bystanders might be thinking about this funeral procession. We passed a construction site, and I noticed all of the workers stopped their work, took off their hardhats and put them over their hearts while we drove by.

Many grieving folks report to me their surprise about what they remember and don’t remember in the days after a death. This was such a brief moment in our time of loss but one that has stuck with me through the decades. Their respect honored our son and us. I felt deep gratitude for these strangers in that moment of this very painful drive. They did not know our story, but they did what they knew to do. And by their kind act, they became part of my story.

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Getting Grief Right

by Dr. Patrick O'Malley

A masterpiece that will touch your heart and soul with healing powers. • A compassionate, wise, and practical guide • A must read for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.


Grief Therapist

Dr. Patrick O’Malley is a psychotherapist in Fort Worth, Texas, who specializes in grief counseling. For 40 years, he has counseled individuals, couples and families
in his private practice.


Getting Grief Right

by Dr. Patrick O'Malley

By the time Mary came to see me, six months after losing her daughter to sudden infant death syndrome, she had hired and fired two other therapists. She was trying to get her grief right...

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