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Lessons of a Big Sister

There was a game we played when we were little, my sister and I. It had a certain set of rules and unique characteristics. Our playing field was the living room, our teams were Kathryn vs. Karla, and our referee…

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The Language of Sisters

I don’t expect it’s this way with all siblings, but Wendy and I could talk to each other about almost anything. We didn’t always agree; in fact, it was often the opposite, but we could communicate in that way I…

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Sudden and Unexpected Loss: It’s Complicated

On December 14, 2001, my 25-year-old daughter, Melissa, suffered a cardiac arrest followed by a coma. She died fourteen days later. Her doctors concluded that the ultimate cause of her death was due to complications of an undiagnosed eating disorder….

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I Love You More Than Chocolate Cake

Twenty-three years ago, on the day we buried our sons Kevin John and Kareem Anthony, my wife and I attended our first TCF meeting. I can still remember walking into that room that was divided into two groups; one group…

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A Grandparent’s New Normal

I’ve always heard there are moments that divide your life into two times: before and after. The day JFK was shot. The day the Twin Towers fell. For me, that day was September 12, 2014. The day my granddaughter died….

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A Ride That Changed Our Lives

My uncle’s car was sitting in our driveway when I came home from a night out, and I got a sick feeling in my stomach. I walked up the driveway, and my uncle asked me to get in the car;…

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My Forever Brother

When I was 20 years old, I was awakened in the middle of the night to the terrible news that my only brother, Scott, and my cousin, Matthew, had been killed together in a car accident. It seemed inconceivable that…

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Do It For Brian

The quality of one’s life is not determined by length but by depth…what that person brought to this world while they were here. I can proudly say that in the 17 years that my son Brian was here on earth…

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A Mistake or a Divine Plan?

I retired from a wonderful career as a speech and language pathologist after serving in the Albuquerque School District for over thirty years. I worked with children who had special needs and required speech and language therapy. I loved the…

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