Photo courtesy of Dawn Hirn.

From Thailand and Russia to South Africa and Croatia, the five-member Hirn family each carried a backpack with everything they needed for a trip around the world. The sixth backpack was most important — it represented the son who couldn’t be there. more


Several months ago, a dear friend of mine lost her husband. As multitudes of people flocked to lift her family up and help in their time of need, I reached out to a mom who had lost her spouse years ago to see if she had advice. more

Kari Kampakis

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July 2018