death of a child

When The Opioid Crisis Hits Home

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I witnessed my son's decline and felt helpless because I couldn't control his destructive behavior. As a parent, I'd lived my life protecting my child until I was pushed to the backseat when the disease of addiction took over.
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What The Mother Of A School Shooting Victim Taught Me About Parenthood

Jennifer Herbstritt (sister) and Jeremy Herbstritt on their aunt's front porch. (Courtesy of the Herbstritt family)

While planning to have a child of my own, I often asked myself: What would it feel like to parent a child who later died unexpectedly in a school shooting?

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When Grief Turns Superstition Into Compulsion

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Superstition ruled my mind. More than I realized. I had no idea, within hours, there’d be no child to mother. And then he was gone. And we were childless.

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The Heartbreaking Reason I Dread My Daughter’s Birthday

I’d pay twice as much to move the party next door, so I could be alone, in peace, to cry.

When everyone left, and the kids were asleep, I fell into bed exhausted. I stared at the ceiling thinking about why I hate this birthday.

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