Reflections

22 posts

Advent: A Visit In The Darkest Hours

A new essay of mine was posted today on Open to Hope reflecting on the season of Advent and showing up for one another in our darkest hours. I love this quote from Sister Joan Chittister: “Have you never been imprisoned by your fears, your embarrassments, your humiliations, your inadequacies? […]

Día De Muertos: Eat, Speak, and Remember

Some thoughts as we enter the season of remembrance. Read it in full here. I have come to appreciate that memory lives in a separate space and at times Mack and I share a moment. Often I laugh out loud and “re-member” Mack’s great laugh and feel his warm spirit […]

A Funeral, A Wedding, Graduations And One Unwanted Guest

An essay from Elizabeth recently posted on OpenToHope.com. It has been six and a half years since our son, Mack, died suddenly on New Year’s Eve 2012, just shy of his ninth birthday. As the many of us who learn to live newly after loss, we take it on as […]

A brief history of the Mack Clinic

I hardly remember any details from those days after Mack died. The world continued to move, a new year had come in, yet everything had changed for us. Suddenly we had to cope with all sorts of things parents never imagine they need to deal with. My brother came to […]

Mack Brady Keepers – A Poem

Thank you to Daniel Sheerin, Penn State Keeper Emeritus and father of one of our first Mack Brady Keepers for this poem.   Mack Brady Keepers   Mack Brady and we fervent few are forever one true team, ever to excel as goalkeepers living out the Penn State dream   […]

Mack’s Story on WBUR’s Only a Game

We are so grateful for the wonderful and sensitive retelling of Mack’s story and how soccer has been a part of our joy and healing. Bill Littlefield, Karen Given, and Alexander Schroeder were wonderful to work with and Bill, as always, provided his warmth to the story. It is a […]

The Downstairs Thief

My most recent essay, “The Downstairs Thief,” has been published on Open To Hope. I had a vivid dream that took me several years to understand, but the meaning came to me a few weeks ago when I was asked to share a storytelling experience at “Loving Through It” at […]

Come forth and live

A reflection on Holy Saturday It is Holy Saturday, the gap between death and resurrection, the gap in which those of us who have lost loved ones live. I have been reading this morning of other mothers who have survived, literally “live beyond” the deaths of their own children. Women like Jennifer […]

Celtics Share about Mack

Last night we had the great blessing of four of Mack’s friends participating in “State of the Story.” This particular night was part of our “Learning to Live” initiative and the Ryan, Mike, Quinn, and Colin shared their memories of Mack. They were kind enough to also allow me to […]

“Sit Still and Uncover Your Eyes”

My latest essay “Sit Still and Uncover Your Eyes” was posted today on Modern Loss, a website dedicated to “candid conversations about grief.” Modern Loss was included in a New York Time’s piece “An online generation redefines mourning’’ by Hannah Seligson that reflects on the new era of public grief via […]