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Exploring avenues to hope


A father sees connections to late son



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David Kane, whose younger son died in The Station nightclub fire offers a program on how the bereaved can see connections to lost loved ones in the world around them at St. Maryís and St. Vincent DePaul on Aug. 29. The title derives from his sonís favorite number. Courtesy photo. (click for larger version)
August 10, 2010
STURBRIDGE —†No one can truly prepare for the death of a loved one.

The range of emotions becomes even greater, and often times more difficult to process, when that death is unexpected.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, St. Mary's and St. Vincent De Paul parishes are hosting "41 Signs of Hope," a program to help the bereaved become more attuned to the world around them to interpret the signs loved ones may be sending them from a life after death.

The program will be hosted by Dave Kane, a Rhode Island parent who has seen firsthand what he believes is communication between the living and the dead.

"The program is primarily about the signs we have received from our son Nicky," said Kane of his son Nicholas O'Neill.

O'Neill, a prolific writer during his short life, was put on Earth, Kane believes, for a very specific purpose.

In 2003, O'Neill was 18 years old.

Already an accomplished musician, O'Neill and his band were scheduled to perform an opening set for '80's rock band Great White on Friday, Feb. 21 at a small venue in Rhode Island called The Station.

With Great White set to play two nights in a row, O'Neill went to the show on Thursday, Feb. 20 to check out the club in which he was supposed to play the following night.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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