Grief

17 posts

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 […]

Remembering Walter Bahr 1927-2018

We did not know Coach Bahr, not really. In fact, when he first came into our lives, we didn’t know him at all. We were at the funeral home for the Mack’s viewing. Glenn, the funeral home director, came forward and asked if we minded if “Coach Bahr” could come […]

Mack’s Mom: A Short Reflection on “What ifs”

Sharing a short reflection from the exciting Mack Brady Match last weekend for the monthly Learning to Live column in The Centre Daily Times. For those who are learning to live again after loss there are great resources and people to share the journey at www.ltlwys.org. BY ELIZABETH BRADY SEPTEMBER […]

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 […]

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 […]

Survive – Living Beyond Adversity

This is the lecture I gave for the 20th Annual Mark Luchinsky Lecture in the Schreyer Honors College, Penn State University. The video is below, but here are my scripted remarks, I departed occasionally from them, but the core concepts are here. From the opening remarks: Tonight we recognize the anniversary of […]

Knock, Knock

One of the spiritual dynamics of death that is hard to describe in daily, polite conversation is the continued love, presence and spirit of the loved one if we’re willing to acknowledge them and our inner lives. My latest essay for Open to Hope posted October 10 speaks to this […]

What is new every morning?

I shared some thoughts on Lamentations over at Targuman. Lam. 3:21-24 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” […]