The Common Journey

I usually try to avoid the heavy subjects, but they are always confronting us, and can’t be avoided, really. When you’re young you think you’ll live forever. Occasionally something will happen to jolt that unwarranted perspective, but for the most part, the thought of death is fleeting. It happens to other people, not to you. As your life marches on, however, that drumbeat gets louder and louder. I dated a girl in high school (just a couple times actually) who recently passed away, and...
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Coping With Juanita’s Passing

By E. Jeffrey Hill In 2001 everything looked good for our family—our nine children (ages 4 to 23) were all doing well, I loved my job as a university professor, the house was paid for, and we had good health. It would be clear sailing to retirement in just 15 years.  Or so we thought! Then my wife Juanita noticed a lump in her breast.  The doctor’s diagnosis was devastating—the tumor was 10 cm and there was only a 50 percent chance for long-term survival.  Our whole world changed overnight! ...
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Why Did God Take My Grandma?

By Bree P It was a day when my world came to a stop. It was my senior year of high school, and I was living with my mom at the time. My dad and his family lived in another state, and I would occasionally visit them. I had just spent my junior year of high school with them. Everything was going great. I had good grades and fantastic friends I would hang out with on the weekends. I went to church, and was enjoying the spirit that I felt there. I read my scriptures and I prayed frequently. An...
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How Can We Cope with the Death of a Loved One?

By Tyler S. I was born in a religious home. I went to church every Sunday. By age eleven I had heard many times that when we die we can forever be with people we knew on earth. As great as that was from a theological standpoint, going to church included something better than what I was taught in the classroom. It was who was in the classroom. Almost all my friends went to church with me, including my best friend Daniel. Our families were all very close. We spent a great deal of time at eac...
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Where Can I Turn for Peace?

By Alexander B. In this voyage we call life, with all of its stresses, trials, and hardships; it can be easy to ask questions such as “Why is this happening? Who can truly understand me? Where can I find peace?” These questions can be even more difficult to answer when we learn about a God who is our loving Father in Heaven, and supposedly behind all of this. Then our questions may change to: “Why is God letting this happen to me? I know God understands, so why is He not making this easier? I...
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How Do You Overcome the Death of Your Child?

By Connie P. Over 40 years ago my husband and I lost our first baby, a boy, who was stillborn. About two weeks prior to the pregnancy due date, my blood pressure skyrocketed. The doctor put me on strict bed rest. One week later, things were going better. However, about midnight on a Tuesday, I began bleeding severely. My husband took me to the hospital where the doctor met us. I was taken to surgery for an emergency Cesarean Section. My life was saved, but it was too late for the baby. This w...
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