About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

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  1. My mere words are far to meagre to grace your Andrew’s birthday, your birthday as it is too for it is the day you birthed your boy. So I will instead, take from a book that helped me and still helps me enormously … ‘A Grief Observed’ by the particularly wonderful C S Lewis. He said: ‘This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted’… in the end I understood. Not why. There was no why, is no why. But that I could embrace love in the midst of my grief. I know you understand this. And I send you love.

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  2. I’m so sorry for your loss, Bernadette. I hope you get closure one day. I don’t know the details of your loss, but I can tell you loved your son a great deal and you still do. I’m sure he feels that love even though he’s no longer here. Sending you hugs and prayers.

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  3. Elizabeth Mangino

    Bernadette, the pictures of your boys are so beautiful. And I believe Andrew feels your love every day. Sending you loving thoughts of comfort and peace, my friend.


  4. Meredith Hammock

    Andrew Dominick Laganella… Oh the memories that we have made together, I will never forget. I dream of you often where your dreadlocks are in full growth, your laughter is louder than thunder and your smile is bigger than the sun. Your radiance of life was so big you could see it from the moon. In so many ways I am grateful for our time together before and after your accident. We spent so many moments then and now laughing, crying, dancing, smiling, talking and singing. I miss you every day and wish that things could be different. I am especially grateful for your family. They made you the amazing man that I fell in love with so many years ago. They welcomed me into your family as I was their own. We created an amazing bond that could never be broken and I will always feel blessed that you brought us all together, even tho I wish it was under different circumstances. On your day of birth, I am reminded at how precious life is and all to be thankful for. It also reminds me of the love, pain and loss of something that was truly magical. I love you so, so much. You are in my heart forever. Mrs Bern, words cannot describe how much I love you and Mr Dom. Thinking of you today and everyday. ❤️, Meredith

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  5. I can not imagine your loss. I cry considering it. He was blessed to have had you every minute of his life. He was always loved and adored because of that. He was never alone -not for a second did he ever have to shoulder any burden by himself-I can only hope that brings you some comfort. Happy birthday to your angel son!

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  6. Iris Moore

    Mrs. Laganella. Thinking of you and the family as you celebrate another year of life with Andrew. I can only imagine how hard it is for you all. He may not be in the state of being as we would like but he knows he’s surrounded by love. His smile and laughter fills our hearts daily. It is because of him that we were able to cross paths and I feel both of our families have been enriched! Please give Andrew hugs and kisses as you tell him Iris says “Happy Birthday and wishing him many more years”! Much love to all😘

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  7. So sorry Bernadette. No words, just feelings for you and your family. Love never dies no matter how much time passes. Bless you and your family. I too have had a loss and wrote the following. I read it when the clouds gather in my heart. I hope you don’t mind if I share it with you. ♥♥♥

    There’s a place for me up there
    Where the stars so brightly shine.
    The spot between the Milky Way
    and just near the great divine.
    One night as you look up
    to see the twinkling of the lights.
    Will you think of me with love?
    I’ll be just off to the right. :o)
    By: Patricia S.

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