There has been an overwhelming response to my essay on disenfranchised grief published by Cognoscenti. My heart goes out to all those who carry their pain in silence. These words are for you.

My sister’s death was hard enough. The silence afterwards was unbearable

It’s been seven years since my sister died, and in ordinary moments, I am still blindsided by the intensity of my unresolved grief. Recently, a three-sentence email sent me spiraling.

Not sure if u remember me but I was Cheryl’s college roommate. I’m trying to get in touch with her for a reunion. Any chance u can provide me with her contact info?

I knew within seconds of reading the message, I would tell her roommate the truth. [READ MORE…]