The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LO­CAL NEWS -

peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­enced the loss to teach the helpers how to help. I call this the bur­den of the be­reaved,” said Drexler. “It’s an in­ter­est­ing po­si­tion to be in but I en­cour­age all of you to take on this task; to tell peo­ple what you need, what helps you … You know that grief never ends, that it’s al­ways with you but oth­ers do not, and not sur­pris­ingly, they will look to you to tell them what is help­ful and what is not.”

Fol­low­ing Drexler’s ad­dress, Lisa Varelli and Linda Sposato ad­dressed the room with read­ings. Read­ings fo­cused on the loss of loved ones and put a fine point on what it means for fam­i­lies deal­ing with tremen­dous loss.

“What I know to be true or right or fair about the Lisa Varelli and Linda Sposato em­brace af­ter shar­ing read­ings at a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing the vic­tims of drunk driv­ing. Both women shared their ex­pe­ri­ences with grief af­ter los­ing a child at the hands of a drunk driver. world has been chal­lenged so I’m find­ing a way, my way, mo­ment to mo­ment in this new place,” read Varelli. “There are so many things about the world which I now strug­gle to un­der­stand. Why do chil­dren die? There are so many ques­tions, I’ve learned, that are sim­ply unan­swer­able.”

The West Ch­ester Uni­ver­sity a cap­pella group, Un­der A Rest per­formed “Hear You Me” fol­low­ing read­ings.

Fam­i­lies then had the op­por­tu­nity to place a can­dle on the ta­ble set at the front of the room and say a few words about the per­son they were there to re­mem­ber. While many chose to share happy sto­ries about their loved ones, oth­ers chose to place a can­dle and sim­ply tell the room who they were there to honor.

The Mis­sion of Mothers Against Drunk Driv­ing, which be­gan in 1980, is to end drunk driv­ing, help fight drugged driv­ing, sup­port vic­tims of such crimes and prevent un­der­age drink­ing, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s web­site. To learn more about Mothers Against Drunk Driv­ing visit www.madd.org.



Linda Sposato reads a poem to the room dur­ing a cer­e­mony held by Mothers Against Drunk Driv­ing. Sposato later shared a happy story about her daugh­ter, Bernadette, who she lost 18 years ago.

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