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“Aunt Jane Wouldn’t Want You To Cry”

Don’t leave me!” the little girl with pink ribbons in her hair sobbed as her aunt and young cousin said good-bye to her at the Denver airport. I was returning from a conference in Colorado and was sitting next to the little girl and her grandmother. Her grandmother was holding her and attempting to comfort the young child as she cried. “There, there,” said the grandmother. “Aunt Jane would not want you to cry.” And so it begins. The “denormalizing” of a normal response to grief. When we lose someone … Continue reading

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