Psalm 46 and Living After the Death of a Loved One

Amy Ziettlow, Huffington Post, 10/31/2011

I am currently in the throes of a research project called "Homeward Bound: How We Live When Our Parents Die." I spend most days listening to the stories of adults whose parent or parent-figure died a year ago. Each individual is unique, with a unique family history. Some speak of how proud they are that their mom and dad were married for more than 30 years. Some speak of how much they long to know the son that their father never claimed or included in their family. Some speak of how a step-parent included them in the funeral and treated them like her own child, some speak of how they haven't spoken to their half-brother since the funeral. Each family offers a snapshot of the diverse families that exist and that are learning to cope in our world.

Despite the diversity of detail in each story, one common theme resonates: Death is final.

Subjects: Death/dying, Family

More by: Amy Ziettlow

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