Sad article on the reality of losing a child and the hard recovery from that loss.
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The article, Lessons of loss: Parents share advice on how to survive the death of a child, by
Joline Gutierrez Krueger states,
“That first year was a blur, they say, an unreal realness punctuated by sobs, screams and a sense that even the simplest acts like getting out of bed or smiling or breathing were now beyond their abilities.
Not anymore. Not after losing a child.
“I felt like it was a dream,” said Liz Manning, whose son Phil Sisneros, 22, died of a drug overdose the day before Mother’s Day 2014. “It was like being at a beach and being pounded by strong surf with a riptide just a step away. The waves of grief hit pretty hard early on and the riptide tried sucking me in constantly. It was exhausting. There were days when I actually thought, I can’t do this. And then the next minute passed and the riptide receded a bit.”
And so it goes, the grief receding then cresting, again and again, in a place split between the day before a child’s death and the day after.
Today, for me, is the first “day before” since my son Devin Glenn died of a heroin overdose at age 23.”
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