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2013 Conference – Los Angeles, CA

group photo of twinless twins

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 at the close of the first night of the conference that this event was a place where true healing could happen. There were conversations taking place, hugs freely given, tears shed, and small moments of laughter as stories were shared. The immediate connections twinless twins made with one another was unmatchable.

The night of the memorial walk was absolutely beautiful, where twinless twins walked in memory of their beloved twin. There were about 100 of us, all together. The ones that walked in front carried the banner, which had signatures and messages of love and remembrance from all the twinless twins attending the conference. As the twinless walked together in the large group down the boardwalk in Santa Monica, one of our group’s motto came to mind, “You are not alone”. You could see friendships had been formed.

The smaller parallel groups were really good as they allowed the twinless who were less inclined to share in the larger group be able to tell their story. The groups were divided into type of loss (sudden loss, early loss, lingering illness, etc.). This was good as it allowed the groups to share the specifics and connect on a deeper level as it related to specific losses. The parallel groups were two hours long and when the time was up it felt like it had just started. Deep and profound bonding had taken place in that time.

It is amazing to see the alumni come back to support the hurting, raw, newly bereaved twinless twins. Having the alumni present at the conference offers hope. They are surviving and moving forward in their grief while remembering their twin. One of the most common sayings from an alumni is, “It wont be like this forever. It does get better…” This is something that seems impossible to new twinless twins, so having the experience and support of the alumni was critical in helping the twinless heal.

It was a well attended and extremely healing conference. Click here to view photos!

We look forward to next year where we can reconnect with our twinless friends and take more steps towards healing. The 2014 Annual Conference will be held in Maryland. Dates are being looked at and planning has already begun – We hope to see you in July of 2014!!

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 our small group time. Early registration ends on May 25th, so be sure to register by that deadline to get the discounted rate! It all begins Thursday night when you start to sense that the conference is more like a family reunion. If you are a twinless twin and have never attended, we invite you to come and heal with us! To all our alumni attendees, we can’t wait to see you again. If you’re an alumni attendee, we would love to hear some of your favorite conference memories!

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!

One of the highlights of the conference being in Dublin, OH was the Memorial Walk. To see all of the twinless twins walking on the path together seemed so symbolic of our grief journey. It was such a treat to watch several new friendships being formed. We love how twinless twins who never knew each other before come together and have an instant loving bond. We are always amazed when the former “first time attendees” return a year later and seem to be in a much better place. We can only assume it is because they found hope and support through new twinless friends.

Plans are already being made for the 2013 Conference, which will be in Los Angeles, CA. The date has been set for July 18-21. Save the date – hope to see everyone there!!

Click here to watch a slideshow from the conference!
Song is titled “A Little Farther Down the Road” by Alan Pedersen.

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: “What does healing from twin loss mean? Can I heal in a world that is focused on moving on?”, “A healing workshop which explores the issues of early twin loss”, and “A time for questions about the unique grieving issues of twin loss”. There is also a book signing and talk scheduled on Saturday for Mary R. Morgan’s book, Beginning with the End.

Click Here for more details on the conference.

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Talk and Book Signing

Beginning with the End: A Memoir of Twin Loss and Healing - Book Signing by author Mary Morgan

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 & Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401). If you are able to join, please RSVP to Dena Stitt at denastitt@mac.com.

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 than 100 workshops covering most areas of grief after the death of a child). There will also be activities specifically for siblings. Keynote speakers include prolific and award winning author Lois Duncan who wrote Who Killed My Daughter; Kathy Eldon, journalist, author, producer, activist, and mother who found her lfie changed forever when her 22-year-old son Dan, a Reuters photographer, was stoned to death by an angry mob as he did his job in Somalia in July 1993; and Darcie Sims, always popular international keynote speaker who brings her wit and wisdom as a bereaved parent and certified grief management specialist to the podium. A fourth keynote speaker will be announced prior to the conference. There will be a remembrance candle lighting, as well as TCF’s two mile Walk to Remember which starts at 8 a.m. Sunday morning from the hotel. Click here for more information. Early discounted registration ends June 15 and pre-registration June 29. There will be onsite registration.

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 Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us About Human Behavior.

Dr. Segal acknowledges that the loss of a twin is an experience that deserves considerable professional attention. She has invited twinless twins to participate in a study of how twin loss affects the surviving twin partner and other family members. Results from her study can teach a great deal about how counselors and other psychological professional may assist twins and their families in dealing with such loss. It is beneficial for the public to be informed about the unique aspects of twinship. If you are 15 years, or older, consider completing Dr. Segal’s survey. Click here to download the survey. Completing this survey is voluntary.

“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 hearted. What followed were Mary’s 27-year repression of her grief and an unconscious denial of her twin’s death, which haunted her relationships and controlled her life.

In this startlingly frank and moving memoir, “Beginning with the End”, Mary R. Morgan struggles to claim an individual identity, enabling her to face Michael’s death and the huge loss it engendered. With remarkable candor, she shares her spiritually evocative healing journey, which moves her forward into a life of new beginnings and meaning, especially in her work with others who have lost a twin.

Mary R. Morgan provides fascinating insight into the unique challenges and complexities of twin bereavement, while showing how much it has to teach about the subject of grieving and healing from any deep personal loss. As a therapist, she discusses her work with the twin survivors of the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster and shares the difficulties of healing in a culture that fears death and offers little time for grieving.

Powerful, honest, inspiring, “Beginning with the End” chronicles a remarkable journey of grief, healing, and a reengagement with life. Ultimately, it is a story of hope, remembrance, and reconnection to the twin bond and to Michael’s spirit that will forever touch hers.

Purchase your copy today!

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 Member, and find out what Events are taking place in your area. You can also read about the History of TTSGI and find out who has received the Dr. Brandt and Angel Award.

Most importantly, we want to connect with you. If you have lost your twin, or know of someone who has, you’ve come to the right place. Know that you are not alone. We are here to help.