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The 5 Stages Of Grief

I remember reading somewhere on the internet, I can’t remember where though, about The Kübler-Ross model, otherwise known as “the five stages of grief”.  This model is a series of emotional stages by survivors of grief and death, and the 5 stages according to the model are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. For some…

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Sunshine On My Shoulders….

In 1971 a young woman died at the age of 20.  She left behind a husband, a two year old daughter, and a journal of tape recordings.  A journal that told what it was to be young, and a mother, and in love…and dying.  The names of the people in her life have been changed,…

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Interview: Chewsing Kindness & Changing The World….One Smile At A Time (Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Week)

For my finale to the series of posts and interviews that I’ve done for “Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Week”, I have something very special for you. In September 2013, just after my Frankie had his diagnosis of a very severe cleft lip and palate and reeling from the inappropriate way that the news was…

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“AND I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE MY BABY IS BURIED!” Oh For An NHS Future-Gazer!

Originally posted on CHAPLAIN'S BLOG:
None of this for my friend 49 years ago… Today I heard a tragic tale from someone I count as a friend. They had seen that I had been shortlisted for a Butterfly Award for my work with parents who have lost their babies (see my profile here: http://www.thebutterflyawards.com/index.php/voting/userprofile/revdavidsouthall…

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Cleft Lip & Palate Diagnosis Delivery: Communication Matters (Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Week)

When my Frankie was diagnosed with a severe cleft lip and palate, this is what happened: My unborn son Francesco “Frankie” Enrico Ventura was diagnosed with a unilateral cleft lip and palate at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Wednesday 25th September 2013 when I was 23 weeks pregnant.  The sonographer who conducted the scan blurted out…