AUGUST 2011 IssueVol 3, Issue 2


I Did Not Know 

What To Say  




WELCOME EVERYONE!  We are honored to have you be a part of our online community. 


We have had a wild month here on the East Coast, the first major earthquake on the East Coast in decades and Hurricane Irene. I hope everyone that was affected by Hurricane Irene is safe and experienced minimal damage to their home.


Featured Article...Janet Kohn, Co-Founder The Broken Angels Grief Support Group, offers a simple, yet profound way to explain to friends how grief changes parents who have lost a child to substance abuse.


Virtual Book Tour...Be sure to check-out our Virtual Book Tour featuring interviews with authors that have written inspirational books on grief and the healing process.


Remembering 9/11- Please be sure to stop by our Facebook, Twitter and Blog for special tributes throughout the month of September as we remember the 10 Year Anniversary of 9/11.


Do you have a story you would like to share?  We invite you to submit your inspirational stories, letters that have reached your heart, a favorite quote or poem, an unforgettable outing, or a book that touched your life.  We would love to hear from you. 


Wishing everyone an enjoyable Labor Day weekend!


With Love and Gratitude,



"Change has long been a fearful thing for human beings ... and at the same time, it is our most Divine opportunity. Clinging to the banks of the river may seem safe and more secure, but life's possibilities are truly engaged only when we trust, release and become part of The Flow of the Universe."

Chelle Thompson, Editor of Inspiration Line


In This Issue
Featured Article
Thoughtful Sympathy Gifts
Virtual Book Tour
Discussion Topics
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Featured Article of the Month

ArticleBroken Angel

It is so hard to explain to our friends and family how our grief has changed us. This might help: 

Imagine You are a Crystal Angel and a rock has been thrown at you. You have been shattered and believe you are beyond repair. Now imagine that "Time" is an artist who intends to repair You. Piece by piece your shards are glued back together. It is extremely laborious and time consuming. After much work, your pieces are starting to come together and You recognize Yourself again. There are still many pieces left and a few which are so severely crushed they will never fit properly.

Eventually, You are no longer a Broken Angel- You have been repaired. Most people will not notice the glue and tiny cracks. You will never be exactly the same, however, when light shines through your Crystal, You still sparkle and are quite beautiful.

ŠJanet Kohn, Co-Founder The Broken Angels Grief Support Group


The Broken Angels Grief Support Group 

For Mothers Who Have Lost a Child Due to Substance Misuse, Drug Overdose, Drug or Alcohol Related Suicide or Related Health Issues. Serving South Florida: Northwest Broward and South Palm Beach Counties.

Thoughtful Sympathy Gift Ideas

Sympathy Gifts


With Sympathy Angel

 The Comfort Company's lovely resin angel is releasing a dove and features the comforting sympathy quote: 

"Angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hands of God"

Each 9" resin angel arrives beautifully gift boxed. Our gift boxes feature a wood grain finish and an embossed metallic sleeve for a presentation you can feel good about sending.



  Visit our Thoughtful Sympathy Gifts page for a wide variety of sympathy gift ideas for your loved ones.  We hope the thoughtful gifts listed on our website inspire you to give warmth and joy to your friends and family in their time of need.


VirtualVirtual Book Tour & Interviews

We invite you to explore our Virtual Book Tour and Interviews with tips on how to assist a grieving loved one.

If you are an author or an expert in the grief recovery field and would like to be interviewed, please contact us at

To order these books and preview other inspirational books, be sure to visit our Helpful Books page.


Discussion Topics

We invite you to join our on-going discussions on our Facebook page.  Not on Facebook?  We have also posted our discussion topics on our Blog.  Current topics include: 
About I Did Not Know What To & 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 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, reading her personal Blog or contacting her at:
Lori Pederson

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! 

Share Your Story. 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 

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 is a website created 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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