To those of you who have lost a loved one, our goal is that this collection of personal stories will bring you hope. You are not alone. Many have walked your path and know the true depth of your sorrow. Our wish is that these stories will resonate with you and healing will begin. With that healing, we wish you hope for the future. With hope, your future will someday include being reunited with your loved one. Our message is simple. Your loved one is closer to you in spirit than you can ever imagine. Through the darkness of grief, know there will come a day when you will feel the warmth of sunshine, hear the joy of laughter and taste life with a new perspective. To those of you who have not lost a loved one, our desire is that you gain understanding of the bereaved. We hope our stories speak to your soul. We offer you insight that may help you gain compassion and sympathy for those who are grieving.