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Monday, April 29, 2013

Jackie and Warren Hance: Loss, Grief And Moving Forward

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"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love."  Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Remembering that fateful day, July 26, 2009, on the Taconic Parkway

In the Summer and Fall 2009 and going forward, we wrote a number of posts about the fatal accident that took place on July 26, 2009, on the Taconic Parkway in New York State. Eight people in all died in this accident which appeared to be caused by the driver being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and then entering the parkway going the wrong way. Our posts served as a way for us to follow the story and to try present factual information as it was uncovered.

The power of grief

Experiencing grief is a very normal human emotion. Part of the natural process of grief is to learn to understand our loss, accept the loss and without forgetting we move forward. But sometimes grief becomes complicated and a person can find themselves suffering from depression...constantly looking for answers as to why they lost their loved one and questioning what they may have done to have prevented the loss.

Many people whose lives are impacted by the disease of addiction find themselves grieving and looking for answers to questions that may be very difficult to discover. It is for this reason that at Hope By The Sea we offer a Family Program and a section of the program schedule deals with grief and learning to let go.

NBC's Rock Center offers interview with Jackie Hance

This past Friday, NBC's Rock Center offered an extended interview by Ann Curry with Jackie Hance and her husband Warren Hance. The interview gives insight as to what these parents have experienced over the last three plus years following the deaths of their three young daughters in that horrific automobile accident. We invite you to watch both segments of the interview.

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.

Jackie and Warren Hance focus of ways to help others and moving forward

You may also be interested in two ways that Jackie and Warren Hance are working to make a difference after suffering the loss of their three little daughters.  Jackie has written a book "I'll See You Again" which was released on April 23, 2013. According to Amazon:

I’ll See You Again chronicles the day Jackie received the traumatizing phone call that defied all understanding, and the numbed and torturous events that followed—including the devastating medical findings that shattered Jackie to the core and shocked America. But this profoundly honest account is also the story of how a tight-knit community rallied around the Hances, providing the courage and strength for them to move forward. It’s a story of forgiveness, hope, and rebirth, as Jackie and Warren struggle to rediscover the possibility of joy by welcoming their fourth daughter, Kasey Rose Hance.  

Additionally, the Hances have also established The Hance Family Foundation which honors the lives of three beautiful sisters by ensuring healthy, happy, and safe children through innovative self-esteem educational programming and the support of children in need.

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