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Parents at a Loss - Greg Musumano

Greg Musumano prays at St. Agnes Catholic Church in North Naples on April 5, 2011.

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Greg Musumano prays at St. Agnes Catholic Church in North Naples on April 5, 2011.

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  • Greg Musumano lost his son Nathan, 17, more than two years ago. Musumano has turned to his religion to cope with his son's passing. 'You have to accept the fact that I will never be the same as I was before his passing. How could I be? Part of my heart, part of me, went with him.'
  • Greg Musumano prays at St. Agnes Catholic Church in North Naples on April 5, 2011. 'If this life is everything for you, when you lose a child then where do you go from there? Your sense of devastation will be that much more. So even if it is devastating, I realize that our life doesn't end here and I'll be with him again,' Musumano said.
  • Greg Musumano said that he finds a connection to his son by continuing to work out at the gym, something he used to do with his son.
  • Greg Musumano prays at St. Agnes Catholic Church in North Naples on April 5, 2011.
  • Greg Musumano visits the grave of his son, Nathan, on Nathan's birthday.
  • In a cleared-out room, the only piece left is a collage of photos of Greg Musumano's son, Nathan, who passed away more than two years ago.
  • Greg Musumano prays at St. Agnes Catholic Church in North Naples on April 5, 2011.
  • Families grieve during the Compassionate Friends' 23rd Annual Candle Lighting and giving Tree Ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples on Dec. 12, 2010. More than 100 names were read during the ceremony and balloons with messages written by their parents, grandparents and siblings were released.
  • At the Compassionate Friends support group meeting, a bulletin board stands in the background, filled with photos of children who have passed away. The board is up to remind parents in the room that their children are still present with them.
  • A weekly meeting at the Compassionate Friends support group. Bereaved parents gather to share stories about their children, their own pain, and how they face obstacles each day.

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