Loss of a child brings on the weight of grief

Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing honor vic­tims dur­ing cer­e­mony at Spring Mill Fire Co.

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

CONSHOHOCKEN >> “Even on days when I am able to smile, my chest feels the sink­ing weight of my child’s ab­sence. And some­times I feel like I will ex­plode from the grief.”

Lisa Varelli de­scribed the grief of los­ing her child at the hands of a drunk driver dur­ing a cer­e­mony Thurs­day hon­or­ing vic­tims and their fam­i­lies. The cer­e­mony, held by Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing, of­fered fam­i­lies a chance to grieve, re­mem­ber and share sto­ries of their chil­dren or fam­ily mem­bers who were lost at the hands of drivers who were un­der the in­flu­ence.

The evening, held at Spring Mill Fire Com­pany, be­gan with a short wel­come and an ad­dress by Claire Drexler from the Cen­ter for Loss and Be­reave­ment. Drexler took her time at the mi­cro­phone to dis­cuss grief and how the process is unique to each per­son. In her ad­dress, Drexler en­cour­aged fam­i­lies deal­ing with loss to help oth­ers learn about their spe­cific needs while griev­ing.

“Un­for­tu­nately we live in a world that is some­what death-deny­ing. Be­cause peo­ple don’t want to think about death very of­ten, it some­how be­comes the job of the LOSS >> PAGE 3

“Un­for­tu­nately we live in a world that is some­what death-deny­ing. Be­cause peo­ple don’t want to think about death very of­ten, it some­how be­comes the job of the peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­enced the loss to teach the helpers how to help. I call this the bur­den of the be­reaved.” — Claire Drexler from the Cen­ter for Loss and Be­reave­ment

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We re­main a di­vided na­tion. This is now ev­i­dent con­cretely on Capi­tol Hill, and it goes deeper than that. Jane M. Cobourn of Conshohocken

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Lisa Varelli places a can­dle on the ta­ble set up in Spring Mill Fire House Thurs­day dur­ing a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing the vic­tims of drunk driv­ing. The cer­e­mony was held by Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing.

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