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Personal Stories

Friendship Dialogues encourages women to share their stories about the love and loss of their female best friends. We want to honor all the fabulous women in our lives who have helped share our joys, lighten our burdens and fill our hearts with unconditional love. Too often these friends have been lost to illness or some tragic event, sometimes it’s been due to estrangement or physical distance. It is time to recognize and celebrate the importance of female friends to women.

Last Meal

Hilary: 2 children, teacher, parent, choir director

Best friend of 15 years: Kim, 3 children, nurse, died ... in 1996 at age 41

A Golden Friend

Lana Olsen: 3 children, Doctoral Student

Best friend of 34 years: Tina, 2 children, Homemaker, health/dental care, died ... pancreatic cancer in 2016 at age 52

The Sharons

Sharon Wunderlich: 64, married, editor, writer and marketing director

Best friend of 20 years: Sharon Sherman, married, media training and marketing, died ... suddenly of unknown causes in 2007 at age 62

Jenna and Jenn: Soul Mates

Jenna Shummoogum: communications and marketing specialist

Best friend of 16 years: Jenn Pastirik, animal technician, died ... of cancer in 2014 at age 29

Fierce Friends

Jenna Mate: 1 child, vocal and acting coach, director and yoga Instructor

Best friend of 27 years: Jamie Finkelstein, pastry chef, arist, connoisseur of life's best, died due to an illness in 2010 at age 32

Two Rubenesque Women on a Mission

Renee: Graphic Designer, App designer

Best friend of 29 years: Aggie, VP / Director - Digital Media and Emerging Technologies, died ... from a pulmonary embolism in 2015 at age 55