14 Tips for Comforting the Bereaved

14 Tips for Comforting the Bereaved

My son, Phillip, took this photo when he visited me in New York, back in 2009. Today marks the first anniversary of his death. Over the past year, I’ve discovered many things about grief and about how awkward giving and receiving condolences can be. People offer...
Four Weeks and Counting

Four Weeks and Counting

Right, it’s been a month since Phillip passed away. Four short weeks that feel like a lifetime. I’ve had lots of sympathy, condolences, notes, calls, offers of food, help, or companionship. My friends, both Chilean and gringo, have rallied around, watched...
To Phillip

To Phillip

He called himself “Sid,” the kid I’d named Phillip thirty-four years ago. He crawled at six months. He walked at nine. He made his first whole sentence at 18 months. In a restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas, where trophy animal heads hung on the walls. “Me see moose.”...

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