January 2010 Issue Vol 1, Issue 7


I Did Not Know 

What To Say  



WELCOME EVERYONE!  Our online community is growing and we are honored to have you be a part of the journey.

To begin with, we would like to send our love and compassion out to the people of Haiti as they recover from the loss and devastation to their country.   Although your burdens are heavy and your loss is great, know that people everywhere are sending you love and we hope that each new day will lighten the heaviness you feel in your hearts today.


If you are interested in donating to a charity, we encourage you to follow the tips on Charity Navigator, to find a charity that you can trust.


As we celebrate the beginning of a new year, I would like to take a few minutes to reflect on where we have been and share our goals for 2010 with you.  Our Featured Article this month will review Where we have been... Where we are going & How you can assist us reach our goals in 2010.  I encourage you to share your ideas and resources with us, so we can enhance our website and newsletter in the coming year.


Each month our newsletter will feature a new article giving you a different perspective on how to assist your friends and family through the grieving process. Please feel free to pass our newsletter on to anyone that may benefit from our articles and inspirational messages.
Have a suggestion or a story you would like to share?  We would love to hear from you.
With Love & Gratitude,

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

In This Issue
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Upcoming Events
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Featured Article of the Month
Where we have been...Where we are going 
& How you can assist us reach our goals in 2010
I wanted to thank everyone for their support since we launched our website in March of 2009.  I am so grateful for all of your suggestions and your on-going encouragement.  
If you have not been on our website or Blog in awhile, I encourage you to look around and give us your feedback.
Where We Have Been

Where We Are Going in 2010 & How You Can Assist Us

  • Encourage those that have a story to share to submit their letters, stories, articles and inspirational adventures to be included in our website.  If you have a story or article to share we would love to hear from you.  Just email us info@ididnotknowwhattosay.com.
  • Increase our readership for our newsletter, blog and website.  We are looking for sites to link to, advertise on and any suggestions you may have to expand our visibility.  We would also like to encourage you to share our newsletter with your friends and family.
  • Expand our Inspirational Adventure section of our website to include sponsored inspirational trips for those that have lost a loved one.  We are looking for ideas and connections to companies and organizations that would be interested in sponsoring an Inspirational Adventure.
  • Add new resources to our website on grief support, inspiration, health & wellness and Planning for a Life Without You.  If you have a resource to share, please email us at info@ididnotknowwhattosay.com.
  • Launch our Facebook site.  We will let you know when our Facebook page is ready so you can become a Fan.
  • Expand our Thoughtful Gift offerings.  If you have a gift idea or website that you think we should connect with, please email us at info@ididnotknowwhattosay.com.

  We are open for Article & Interview Submissions - please visit our BLOG for detailed information about article submissions and topics for interviews.
This Month's Inspiration - A Mile-Wide Smile

A friend of mine sent me a link yesterday to a special on CNN about Haiti that demonstrated that Hope and Joy are still alive in the midst of such devastation and loss.  The segment on CNN was titled a Mile-Wide Smile.   If you have not had the opportunity to view this segment, I encourage you to Click Here.  You cannot help but have hope and joy in your heart when you see the smile on this boys face (Kiki) as he is rescued from the rubble in Haiti.  This little boy's smile shows the energy of the human spirit shinning through.

Upcoming Events
Virtual Book Tour
Posted on November 8, 2009
- Author, Jean Reagan - Always My Brother
Posted on December 1, 2009
- Author, Marcy Kelly - From Sorrow to Dancing
Our Virtual Book Tour on our Blog will feature a special interview with an author that has written a book on one of the following topics: grief support, how to assist a loved one through the grieving process, and living your life to the fullest.

If you are an author and would like to be interviewed for our Virtual Book Tour, please contact us at info@ididnotknowwhattosay.com.

To order these books and preview other inspirational books, be sure to visit our Helpful Books page.
About I Did Not Know What To Say.com & Lori Pederson
LoriLori Pederson created I Did Not Know What To Say in April 2009 as a platform to inspire and provide resources to people that wanted to help their friends and family through the grieving process. 
Lori's expertise comes from those experiences that only life can provide.  Over the past twenty years, Lori has lost many family members, including her mother to ovarian cancer, as well as many friends, colleagues and pets.  She is no stranger to loss and the grieving process.
Throughout her life she has been blessed with many friends and relatives that were there for her as she experienced these great losses. She understands that although people want to help, they often don't know where to start.  I Did Not Know What To Say.com was created out of Lori's desire to assist people find the words when they don't know what to say or do.
You can learn more about Lori and her organization by visiting www.ididnotknowwhattosay.com, reading her personal Blog or contacting her at:
Lori Pederson
(703) 660-8522
Each week we will be adding new inspirational stories and resources to our website and Blog.   Help us reach our goal of providing inspiration and insight to the world by sharing your story or resource with our online community.  We would love to hear from you! 
Please email us your inspirational stories, letters/cards that have reached your heart, a favorite quote, an unforgettable adventure, a thoughtful gift idea, a book that touched your life, or a suggestion for our website or newsletter to info@ididnotknowwhattosay.com.
If you are an author or expert in the field of grief recovery, we would love to interview you for our Blog and/or one of our upcoming newsletters.

If you have a website, Blog or newsletter, we ask that you consider including our information on your site.  Here is the link:
I Did Not Know What To Say
IDidNotKnowWhatToSay.com is a website designed to inspire and provide you with tools to assist a love one through the grieving process.
With Love & Gratitude, 
Founder, I Did Not Know What To Say

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