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  1. I recall several months ago how I mentioned the need for those of us who can, to help sustain this home, our refuge and safe place to come, by contributing. Grief Healing Discussion Groups is one of if not the largest site of it's kind. With over seven thousand members and growing daily, the demand on Marty is very high. So many of our members are financially hurting and how understandable that is for losing a spouse often is disastrous. Because of this, there never has been a fee to join or participate. Some of us however can and must for it is not unlike helping a friend in need and we are all friends here. We are family. We are the one's who "get it". It doesn't take much and even a small amount of twenty dollars here and there could make such a difference in sustaining the work Marty is doing. We can hardly imagine the time she spends moderating and researching information for one who needs it. When funding by Hospice of the Valley (HOV) was cut years ago, it left a hole. A big one! Those of us who are financially stable need to step up and it's so easy to click on that donation button. I know it is secure and safe to use a credit card or paypal. I now do an automatic monthly donation but I used to do it whenever I could afford to as a one time thing. It doesn't matter how much or how often but it will have an affect. I promise you that. When I was first widowed, I joined a grief support group that was not this one. It was a wonderful site called "Grief's Journey". A friend in Canada told me about it so I went there. That time was when I was at my lowest and I could hardly equate the cost of running such a place. I had tunnel vision so I saw very little through my own tears. The web site ended and you can pull it up to see the remains as if it was a star that went nova and just a white dwarf remains. I was lucky to have been directed here by my grief counselor at HOV, Joyce, who worked with and is a dear friend of Marty's. After funding was lost and I had grown to the point where I could see other issues beside my own grief, I knew I had to help so that our home here would not also end. I'm not saying it is going to. I am just saying we cannot take the chance. I have posted this on Loss of a Spouse, Partner, or Significant Other because as you can see, it dwarfs all other topics in member involvement. So please my friends do what you can for this is one of the most important causes we could ever have. Thank you for reading this through and for giving it some thought. Stephen
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