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A Day in the Life: Forgiving Myself

I don’t know that I actually hated him, but the news of his sudden death from a massive coronary last week elicited nothing more than an enormous sigh of relief. My childhood abuser, the family sociopath, was dead at age … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: Haiku for Death

Digital collage © 2015, Barbara Berney. All rights reserved. He was. He is not. One negotiates not with the angel of death who waits for no man. Gone in the blink of an eye. May he rest in peace. R.I.P. … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: R.I.P. Old Codger

It’s not as though no one I’ve ever known has died suddenly. My mother, for instance. One day, she and my niece are going for dinner and a movie, and the next, she’s gone. Just like that. Or Uncle Harry, … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: Standing in the Gap

The last week has been a blur, a very difficult blur. When my other dad went into the hospital after suffering what appeared to be a stroke late Sunday night, I was numb, hearing the words, understanding them intellectually, but … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: The Flame Extinguished

Is there ever really any right thing to say upon hearing the news of a loved one’s death? I cannot begin to imagine what those words might be. When my beloved sister-in-law called me late yesterday morning, I was completely … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: August 18, 1990

Twenty-four years ago today, my mother died suddenly at the age of 73, just two months shy of her 74th birthday. She had been ill for some time with one thing or another, but appeared healthy the day before. When … Continue reading

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Grief, Loss, Memories: One Day at a Time

One dies, one is left behind, the nature of things. Grief, loss, memories. Sad, depressed, confused. Old man misses his woman, Stays in bed all day. He knows it is not healthy, that he must move on. Grief, loss, overwhelms. … Continue reading

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