Category: Mack

Seven New Year’s Eves

Seven New Year’s Eves

There is a lighted “H” on the hospital’s helicopter tower that cuts through fog and snow and brightens summer nights. I see it from different angles, in each season, driving in and out of town. It is from that tower that Mack lifted off on New Year’s Eve 2012 for Hershey Children’s Hospital. “I’m going …

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Advent: A Visit In The Darkest Hours

Advent: A Visit In The Darkest Hours

My new essay 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? Because if you have, you know that …

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Día De Muertos: Eat, Speak, and Remember

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 because we always laughed together. As …

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A Funeral, A Wedding, Graduations And One Unwanted Guest

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 part of our lives and …

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