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The 2017 Dr. Brandt Memorial Award Recipient

By Renie Halford, twin to Ernie Dr. Brandt passed away almost one day to the year before I joined TTSGI. Though I did not personally know him, I know much about him. I do have the good fortune of knowing all the recipients of the Dr. Brandt Award. Each of them has made huge personal [...]

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“You Are The Light”

By Sandy Goad, twin to Jim Recently, I was reviewing an article in Grief Digest, a magazine that offers hope, and support to those who have lost a loved one. Andrea Gambill writes, “In the mid-to-late seventies the notion of peer support was viewed by the professional caregiving community with a high degree of skepticism. [...]

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Radio Interview with TTSGI Executive Director

Open to Hope Foundation® is a non-profit foundation with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. Their radio program has shared over 500 interviews on topics of grief, loss, hope and healing. This week they share with us an interview of TTSGI’s Executive Director Michelle Getchell who talks about twin loss. Click here [...]

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New York/New Jersey Regional Meeting

By Carolyn Shane, twin to Cary The NY/NJ Region is fortunate to be able to meet four times each year alternating between the New York area and in various towns in New Jersey. An email is sent to everyone weeks prior to a meeting for a vote to be taken as to which dates provided [...]

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Our TTSGI Facebook Group: You are invited to participate!

by: Michelle Getchell, twin to Missy Did you know that TTSGI has a FB group, which has almost 2,000 members? This FB group consists of both TTSGI members and non-members. We use this FB group as an outreach for TTs looking for support. On average 20 new contacts a week are joining our FB group. [...]

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Feedback on the 2016 Conference

My Detroit 2016 Conference Experience By Janet, twin to Margaret The Detroit 2016 Conference began on Thursday, which is meetings day for the Board and Regional Coordinators. I had breakfast first, in the dining room. There was a wide selection of hot and cold foods and I had fruit, yoghurt, freshly cooked omelet and tea. [...]

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2016 Angel Award Recipient

Our “Angel”, Joan, twin to Jean By Sandy , twin to Jim At our recent National Conference in Detroit, I had the privilege of presenting the “Angel Award” to Joan, twin to Jean. I have known and worked with Joan for seven years. She is the Regional Coordinator for the North Central region and she [...]

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West Coast Regional Meeting in Seattle, Washington

As the Regional Coordinator for the TTSGI North Central region for the last seven years, I have helped twins connect with each other within a seven-state area: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Even though I lead a busy life, as the owner of a personal chef company, I have often [...]

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In Memoriam of Mary George Beyer

Mary George Beyer “George” passed away March 21, 2016 from lung complications. She was born February 28, 1938 with her twin sister, Georgia Mae Terry, who she called “Sissie”. George taught school for 33 years and after her retirement she earned her Master’s in Counseling and used that to help others in need. George was [...]

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TTSGI Regional Meeting

Our chilly winter weather gave way to the Santa Ana winds which warmed the air to a balmy 75 degrees at the beach as we welcomed Twinless Twins into our home for an afternoon of camaraderie and healing on February 7th. As we always do, we invited the twins to bring their support person to [...]

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In Memoriam: Betty Jean Case

Betty Jean Case passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 96. She was born November 13, 1919, with her twin sister Fay. Betty was the proud grandmother of twin boys and had twin brothers, so her curiosity of twin relationships and behavior inspired a research project [...]

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Grieving and Coping with Loss over the Holidays

by Mary R. Morgan L.M.S.W. For anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one, especially the loss of a twin, the holidays can represent a daunting challenge. The grief and the void we feel are accentuated as it is experienced in relation to the high expectations we have for loving interactions with family and friends. [...]

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A TTSGI Regional Meeting

While the TTSGI Annual Conference is the largest event held each year, one of the valuable benefits of being a member of TTSGI are the regional gatherings that take place throughout the year across the United States and Canada. Below is a summary from the last Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting. Please check out the Events page [...]

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Love, Joy, and Peace

Dear Twinless Twin, The holiday season can be a time of celebration and also a time of feeling the immense loss of your twin. Know you are not alone – we are in this together. May your holiday be filled with many special memories of your twinship and in those memories; the sting of the [...]

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Exploring Twin Bereavement

Mary R. Morgan, a twinless twin, recently shared about twin bereavement at the Columbia School of Social Work. You can watch the video recording below. Note: Fast forward the video and begin watching at 11 minutes.

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Happy Holidays

Greetings Fellow Twinless Twins, The winter issue of the Twinless Times Newsletter is in the mail on it’s way to TTSGI members! This issue is packed with wonderful stories, notes, updates from our Regions, book reviews, and a holiday message from our President. The newsletter is a great way to stay connected and keep on [...]

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In Despair, Time Is Endless

Christa Parravani, author of the memoir Her, recently wrote an essay for DAME Magazine. According to Parravni, “It’s about a time I nearly bought a gun and used it. It’s about more than that, of course. It’s about surviving the desire that nearly killed me. It’s about living.” On the eve of Thanksgiving, 2007, I [...]

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Remembering Darcie Sims

Darcie Sims, Ph.D, was a bereaved parent and child and a grief management specialist. She was a nationally certified thanatologist, a certified pastor bereavement specialist, and a licensed psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. She was the author of many books and produced multiple vidoes, including the award-winning video series Good Grief. She was an internationally recognized speaker [...]

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2013 Conference – Los Angeles, CA

Twinless twins traveled as far away as Trinidad & Tobago, UK, Canada and across the US to Los Angeles, CA to be a part of the Annual Twinless Twins Conference. Over 40% of the twinless twins that attended were first time attendees, with some having lost their twin just weeks before. It was clearly obvious [...]

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Register for the 2013 Annual Conference!

Our favorite time of the year is in July at our Annual Conference! Not sure if it gets better than a room full of Twinless Twins sharing and supporting one another. Some of the highlights for the 2013 conference weekend will be the keynote speaker Dr. Katherine Shear, our Memorial Walk on the beach and [...]

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2012 Conference Recap

The 2012 TTSGI Conference was a great success. Over 39% of our attendees were there for the first time. We also had many members in attendence that we had not seen in 5-8 years. It is such a comfort to know there is a place to come to when you are ready and need support! [...]

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2012 Annual Twinless Twins Support Group Conference

Twinless Twins Support Group announces the 2012 Annual Conference Schedule of Speakers and Workshops, July 12-14. Keynote speaker and bereavement specialist Darcie Sims speaks Friday on “Rebuilding Your Foundation”, with a Saturday workshop for further discussion of the topic with Darcie and other twinless twins. Mary R. Morgan’s workshops start  on Friday. Her workshops include: [...]

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Talk and Book Signing

Please join Dena Stitt and Barnes & Noble in celebrating the launch of Mary R. Morgan’s book Beginning with the End: A Memoir of Twin Loss and Healing. The talk and book signing will be held on Monday, June 11, 2012 from 7:00pm–9:00pm at Barnes and Noble (Located at 3rd Street Promenade:  1201 3rd Street [...]

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The Compassionate Friends 35th National Conference

The Compassionate Friends 35th National Conference/5th International Gathering will be held July 20-22, 2012 in Costa Mesa California at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa Hotel. The Compassionate Friends self-help bereavement organization for families that have suffered the death of a child will include a full track of workshops for bereaved siblings (as well as more [...]

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Survey: Loss of a Twin

Dr. Nancy L. Segal is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Twin Studies Center, at California State University, Fullerton. She has been studying the twin relationship and the behavioral consequences of twin loss for a number of years. Dr. Segal is also the author of Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins and [...]

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“Beginning with the End” – A New Book by Mary R. Morgan

In 1961, Michael Rockefeller, son of then-governor of New York State, Nelson A. Rockefeller, mysteriously disappeared off the remote jungle-lined coast of southern New Guinea. Amidst the glare of a worldwide front-page news event, the governor, along with his daughter Mary, Michael’s twin, set off on a futile search, only to return empty handed and empty [...]

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Welcome to our New Website!

Welcome to the new Twinless Twins Support Group website! It is our desire to provide a safe and compassionate community for twinless twins to experience healing and understanding. Our new website offers many Resources to help you through your grief process. It is now easy for you to connect with Our Leadership Team, Become a [...]

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