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If you lost a relative to tragedy, could you turn that tragedy into your career?

Like Marc Klaas?

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Or Tim Miller of Texas EquuSearch?

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Re: If you lost a relative to tragedy, could you turn that tragedy into your career?

good gravy , no
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Re: If you lost a relative to tragedy, could you turn that tragedy into your career?

All 3 lost children. I would not have survived it.

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I would not know until it happened. I read John Walshs book and he has done SO MUCH in terms of new laws for missing children. He and everyone you listed here are complete inspirations to me with the work they have done. I can't imagine going to through such a tragedy and not only surviving that but actually contributing in the ways they did. To me, that is just so unbelievable.

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Re: If you lost a relative to tragedy, could you turn that tragedy into your career?

Or Beth Holloway?

She had a short lived show, but is out front and center for victims' families.

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Re: If you lost a relative to tragedy, could you turn that tragedy into your career?

Yes, I lost someone and no I didn't turn it into a career on television.

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Re: If you lost a relative to tragedy, could you turn that tragedy into your career?

I think no one knows until something like that actually happens, but I'd like to think I'd try to turn it into something positive or something that helped others. It happens on a smaller scale everyday, and we don't hear about it or see it on TV the way these high profile cases have been brought to the forefront.

I admire the people above for working through their loss and grief and making a difference, and I'm sorry they had to be in the position to do so. I don't find any fault with them devoting their lives to this, or think there is anything wrong with them being in the public eye, or making money from this, because they are helping others, and not letting the death of their loved one be in vain, or forgotten.

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Re: If you lost a relative to tragedy, could you turn that tragedy into your career?

I have no idea what I would do. I don't know how people even get out of bed after losing a child.

A good friend of mine lost her son last February to a heroin overdose. She spoke at his funeral mass which was attended by most of the high school students where 3 of her child still attend. Her words were so powerful that many people commented that she should counsel parents and children who are facing drug issues.

I don't think she will ever be on TV or do anything on a national level, but I know she has helped a lot of people in our community.

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On 1/7/2015 Snowpuppy said:

Yes, I lost someone and no I didn't turn it into a career on television.

My mother-in-law was murdered in an armed robbery. I just wish the current laws concerning gun sales were strictly enforced.

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Re: If you lost a relative to tragedy, could you turn that tragedy into your career?

That's not something I can imagine. Because of that, I also cannot make any judgment of how people cope.