Dear Bereaved Parent,

I remember avoiding social gatherings and family get-togethers because I needed to find the strength to live with this new knowledge that love could cause such pain.

I made a plan before accepting any invitation. I gave myself permission to keep it short if needed.

Eventually, through trial and error, I found what worked and what didn’t.

But if I had never tried, I might still be locked away.

Test the waters, give yourself an out, and take your time.

Eventually, you will find what works for you too.

With Love,

Mary Anne


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