Tag Archives: loss of a son

At a Restaurant the Night my Son Died

by Chanel Brenner I sat across from him, shooting his portrait with my phone.   His charcoal sweatshirt faded into the dark booth.   He played tic-tac-toe in the dim light.   I should have known something was wrong,   when he scribbled his X’s and O’s like a toddler—   should have known his

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Welcome to the Dead Child World: AfterTalk Inspirational 7.11.19

Editor’s note: over the next few weeks we will be publishing the works of Chanel Brenner. This is by way of introduction. Welcome to Dead Child World by Chanel Brenner  Please try to make yourself comfortable. If it feels like you are outside your body, it’s because you are. Don’t worry, this is normal. It

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A Son’s Suicide: AfterTalk Inspirational 7.12.18

A few weeks ago we published a Ask Dr. Neimeyer Q&A about a son’s suicide. It provoked many comments. As this week’s Inspirational, we want to share one of them with you.  The Q&A can be found at this link: A MOTHER’S QUESTION Here is the comment by Bernice Singh: Not Enough!!!!! This is the

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African-Americans and Grief

[Editor’s Note: in honor of Black History Month, AfterTalk will be devoting this month’s AfterTalk Inspirationals to grieving in the African-American community] A Grief Observed From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, the power and pain of black mourning. BY MYCHAL DENZEL SMITH June 22, 2017 Mamie Till-Mobley wrote her memoir, Death of Innocence: The Story of the

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