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The Mourning After Natasha

Don't Label My Late Child a Hero

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

But I remain guarded about the reckless use of the "h" word when it comes to cancer. Natasha was kind, compassionate and gracious, but over time she did not bear her disease with astonishing bravery.

Fault in Our Stars Critic Does Disservice to Kids With Cancer

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

A pediatric oncologist seems to suggest we shouldn't be getting too upset about childhood cancer because kids and teens dying or going blind "are things that we don't typically encounter."

Finding My Tribe After the Death of My Daughter

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

There is laughter and smiles and happy recollections of our late children, and there are tears and sobs and anguished recollections of our late children.

9 Things Not To Say To A Bereaved Parent

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

You know better than to say something like, "He/she is in a better place" or "You're lucky you have other children," don't you? Here's a list of other well-meaning blunders reported by bereaved parents that have made us squirm.

6 Surprising Realizations A Year After The Death Of My Daughter

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

If losing a beloved child is a reminder that we live in a brutal world, the outpouring of goodwill is another reminder that kind people live among us.

7 Mistakes People Make When A Friend's Child Dies

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

A therapist or psychiatrist may or may not be helpful to a bereaved parent. But a friend who can listen generously and non-judgmentally, recognizing that there is no "fix" for this tragedy, will probably be greatly valued.

The Last Days With My Beautiful Daughter

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 08.28.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

I had told you this every day of your life, and I had to say it again, right at that moment: "Natasha, I love you so, so much. Love you so much. Always."