This year, I didn't dread Mother's Day, because I found an antidote to the deep sorrow it used to trigger within me. I hope by sharing my story that I can help others find peace -- and even joy -- after the loss of a child.
My goal was to make sure that music was accessible to students across the nation, despite their backgrounds. I believe that music is the one thing that really unites us all, that transcends all borders, and this was something I wanted to bring to life.
Kathy Eldon changes lives through her roles as acclaimed lecturer, writer, activist, journalist, television and film producer. She is a self-professed "revolutionary" who seeks to enlighten people to the power they have to change the world around them for the better.
This week at a book signing in Santa Monica, I spoke about how my heart was broken when a Somali mob murdered my son, Dan Eldon, a 22-year-old Reuters photojournalist, together with three of his young colleagues in Mogadishu in 1993.
Out of the greatest tragedy of my life has come the greatest joy -- the sense of connection, community and co-creation with lively spirits like my brother Dan, whose courageous storytelling is changing our world.
As Mother's Day approaches, my stomach begins to ache. It's a familiar, if old pain, tucked away in my soul, born of the loss of my son, Dan, killed at the age of 22 while working as Reuters photojournalist in Somalia more than 17 years ago.