This is what Graham's sister posted on Instagram on Graham's birthday, January 24th:
On January 24, 1989 I became a big sister. On May 22, 2012 my only brother was ripped away from me. But just because Graham died does not mean I am no longer his sister, or that I am an only child. People think talking to a bereaved family member about their loved one is too painful. This is not the case; in fact, we want the opposite. We want you to speak their names, share your memories, and let us know they will never be forgotten. More damage is done with silence. Thank you to all who let us know that you love and remember Graham.
Signs of back to school are everywhere. For some parents it might be a relief. Summer is over, and the school schedule is a welcome change. For bereaved parents, signs of torture are everywhere. Over-sized backpacks, school supplies, car drop off and pick up lines. It’s a sucker punch to the gut.
William has paid the ultimate sacrifice, and we are paying for it for the rest of our lives. I will never accept it, it’s unacceptable, I will never understand it, because it’s not understandable, I can’t see reason with it, because it can’t be rationalised.
On Sept. 11, 1997, I became a bereaved parent when the police informed me that my son, Andrew had an auto accident and he was dead. My life stopped. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to breathe again without my son, let alone survive his death.
Our eldest daughter, Abigail, died aged 12, on 10th February 2013, following a sudden brain haemorrhage at home on 6th February. My mind and body have been churned up inside ever since with so many emotions, thoughts and feelings. I went to the doctor in the early days, not knowing what to do about this and she simply said ‘write about it’, so I started this blog.
The Names We Lost... by Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss), Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer
There's only one way to begin my Letter from Loring Park today, by acknowledging the dear souls killed in Thursday's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon: Quinn Cooper, an 18-year-old attending his fourth day of college; Jason Johnson, a 34-year-old man who was returning to school to change his stars; Lucero Alcaraz, a 19-year-old scholarship student and sister to five other siblings; Larry Levine, an adjunct professor and avid fisherman in his 67th year; Lucas Eibel, an 18-year-old son and member of Future Farmers of America; Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59, was a caretaker of a winery attending college with her daughter; Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18, was just beginning her life's adventure; Sarena Dawn Moore was a 44-year-old mother who moved to Oregon to get a fresh start; and Treven Taylor Anspach, 20, who wanted to be a firefighter like his dad.
Words fail me, and all of us at On Being, but it's important to write the names of these victims, to recognize that their lives were inscribed, recorded.
In 2001, Susan Powers, Ph.D. lost her husband to cancer and three months later her daughter to a heroin overdose. She was flattened by what she describes as an emotional “shock and awe” and post-traumatic stress. She quickly learned that she had to be proactive and single-minded in her attempts to recover by matching her grief with her own zealous action.
Despite her training, Sangeeta Mahajan was unprepared for the speed and severity with which her son's bipolar disorder progressed. ... Not even a year has passed without him and the loss is still indescribable.
Karen Arkin, M.D. shared with Parade (as told to Diana Reese) the touching story of her son’s suicide to help raise awareness of Suicide Prevention Month and World Suicide Prevention Day.The rest of my life will be divided into “before” and “after”...
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