This is what Graham's sister posted on Instagram on Graham's birthday, January 24th, 2015:
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.
I have not written for awhile. Like all who have lost before me, I know now that surviving my girl gets harder for awhile before it gets easier. I knew I would survive once I chose to survive, but I needed time to accept my sadness and this loneliness for Camila that stays with me like a toothache.
On Monday night, HBO will air the documentary "3 & 1/2; Minutes, 10 Bullets," about the murder of Jordan Davis in Jacksonville, Fla., at the hands of Michael Dunn, who objected to the volume of the music Davis was listening to.
There are some who believe that positive thinking and gratitude are the answer to most of life’s ailments. And perhaps it is the answer for most of them. But is it possible to be both grateful and grieving?
Joanne Cacciatore has what many would find to be an unbearable calling: to help counsel parents through their grief after the death of a child. As a professor of social work at Arizona State University, the Sedona resident and mother of four grown kids — and one stillborn — is a top expert in the field
...this blog is about... the transformational power of grief, and the resulting consequence of gratitude for all of the little things that constitute my life today. I dedicate this blog to Matthew with love and appreciation for the 21 years we had him in our lives. His memory is a blessing to all of us.
My brother was the last 7-year-old person I really knew well, and now there’s my daughter — and sometimes she’ll remind me so much of him that I’ll have to take a deep breath to bust up the mini-explosion of panic and fear and sweet familiarity in my head.
Colum McCann's latest book, Thirteen Ways of Looking, takes on parenthood, loss and just how arbitrary life can be.
On the idea that you can't be a child forever, but you will always be a parent:
This particular link is played out in everyone's lives. And in one story in the book, which is called "Sh'khol," a mother searches for a word for a parent who has lost a child. And the amazing thing is that in the English language — as the Irish language, as French, as Spanish, there is no single word for a parent who has lost a child, no adjective. In Hebrew and in Arabic and in Sansrkit, there is — and so I used the Hebrew workd Sh'khol to title the story, as this woman searches for a way to describe the apparent loss of her son.
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.
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