Loss of a child brings on the weight of grief
Mothers Against Drunk Driving honor victims during ceremony at Spring Mill Fire Co.
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.
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“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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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.