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Danielle was a shy teen who rarely expressed herself. A year after her mother’s death, she bravely reviewed happy memories and ways she dealt on Facebook.

Her cousin admired her strength and complimented the happy memories shared. Danielle was unprepared for compliments and dealing with the loss. She didn’t understand her cousin’s admiration and denied it as her grief consumed her.

How could they read happiness when it was unfair for her to be taken? Can’t they understand the pain I’m going through?

Caught in grief, Danielle missed her cousin’s admiration. When confusion settled, she realized her mistake and regretted her anger. She looked in the mirror and whispered to herself, “In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you. Time to let go of the bad to recognize the good; Mama would’ve been proud you grew.”