Daniel was an "old soul" with a soft side, according to mom. He sat by a neighbor who was fighting cancer. When that neighbor died, he checked in on the widow to make sure she was OK. Daniel's caring made him a target for constant bullying.Trash had been thrown at him, he had been "jumped" and treated horribly at school. I wonder who raised the kid that sent the text that drove this child to kill himself? What have we become that our kids think they can get away with sending cruel texts to each other?Here's a video from the mom. Would love to hear your thoughts....more
"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." -- C. S. Lewis, "A Grief Observed"Death is a topic that can clear out a room of even the most kindhearted people. Just mention any of the following words -- passing, mortality, funeral, burial, death -- and people get nervous. Very few individuals are comfortable with holding an honest conversation about death, and even fewer know what to say to a new widow....more
Maybe I made this whole thing up? Maybe this never really happened? We've seen each other socially for years and years. I've hosted bridal and baby showers for both your daughter and daughter-in-law. We spend most holidays together, your family and mine. How could I be so seemingly calm if something really happened?
I am a spiritual person. I always have been. I believe in spirits, Angels, lives before this one, and Karma. I have a fondness for the teachings of Celtic Wiccans, Jewish Kabbalah, and even a brief understanding of several other religions. I ca...more
I was talking to my uncle this week, and I realized something: I've lived longer without my mom in my life than I have with her in it. It was bizarre, yet comforting: if I could make it this long without the support of a mother, I can surely live this out the rest of my life if I have to. You see, my mom's still alive, but I'm dead to her. Her and I no longer co-habitate the same plane of existence....more