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A Place of Remembrance

I sat across from her in a low lit room, eating lunch. We talked about the loss of all three of her children, the last on December 25, 2021. She had attended our grief support group. She even accompanied other…



While sitting in my yard contemplating the wars our heroes fought, past and present, I was reminded of a man who was considered a “Hero” at one point in his life and a “zero” at another. He was a Purple…


“Heart to Heart”: Parents Share their Love at a Local Recovery Meeting

Many thought it would not go well.  Some asked, “Do you think that it is wise to put parents that have lost a child to the opioid crises in the same room as those in recovery or in active addiction?” What if they…


Sibling Loss: “Your Love Marched Beside Me…….”

Remember when you were just a child; the times you fell and scuffed your knee?  Your parent picked you up, brushed you off, kissed your “Boo-Boo” and dragged out the words, in an animated voice, “aaaallllllll better!”  It was an easier time, when distraction worked in the safe…


A Promise Chiseled in Stone

Build the Banner of Love, Inc. advocated for a family and petitioned local businesses in the State of Rhode Island to join hearts and hands with us to create a memorial garden for a mother whose son passed of an…

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Grieving Mothers Unite to Confront Stigma of Drug Addiction Losses

      Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 By Tessa Roy Joy LaTorre, a nurse practitioner and part-time URI professor, knows first hand how stigma surrounding drug addiction affects grieving parents who have lost children to overdoses. “Some (parents) I’ve…

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