Grappling with Grief

Music and Mental Health: John Hermle

by John Hermle   In 2004, when I was 16 years old, I watched my grandmother die in the hospital alongside my other family members. I didn’t realize until years later, but this was a jumping-off point for when my mental health began to decline. I became a lot more introverted and reserved than I […]

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Healing from Heartbreak: Claire Bidwell Smith

by Shandi Pace   Claire Bidwell Smith had an extremely difficult life as a young adult. Both of her parents were diagnosed with cancer months after each other when she was just 14 years old. Her mother ended up passing when she was 18, and her father when she was 25. She had only lived […]

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The Only Way Past It Is Through It

by Rosemary Keevil   Grief is physical. Grief grabs you and keeps you in its clutches. Grief comes at you and punches you in the stomach. And just like those punches, the initial jab being the most powerful. Then it wavers a bit in its intensity, grief in the long term softens with time. But […]

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A Lasting Legacy: Erick Saldes

by Erick Saldes   My story is a tale of two countries and two fathers. I spent the first part of my life in Durango, Mexico, living a simple and happy life. My family was composed of my father, my mother and myself, and my sister would join us several years later. My father was […]

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Making an Impact: Matt Scott

by Shandi Pace   Matt Scott has a lot of similarities to the founder of Grappling with Grief, Jimmy Van. They both enjoy watching wrestling, found solace in documentary filmmaking and have both lost their father. Matt’s father, Moses, passed away on March 8, 2017. Moses and Matt were best friends, and Matt felt like he […]

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Losing a Loved One: Ta’Shay Mason

by Shandi Pace   Ta’Shay Mason experienced tremendous grief at a very young age. Her father passed away on December 12, 1986, after getting in a car accident. She remembers her dad being funny, loving and present despite living in a different state with her stepmother. One day after school, Ta’Shay’s mother told her to sit […]

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Overcoming Loss at a Young Age

by Shandi Pace   Abe, Gus and Rudy Peña all battled their weight growing up. This weight gain came from a combination of their Mexican culture and the easiness of eating junk food. Their dad was a welder that worked long days. It was easier for everyone to bring home fast food rather than trying […]

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From Priest to Father of a Transgender Son

by Shandi Pace   Open-mindedness can be a difficult trait for some to have. Not Rick Prashaw, journalist to a Catholic priest to loving father. After attending Carlton University, Rick decided to become a Roman Catholic priest. Eventually, Rick left the priesthood because he wanted to settle down and start a family. Rick and his wife […]

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9/11 and Loss: Allison Gilbert

by Shandi Pace   Like many Americans, Allison Gilbert will never forget September 11, 2001. She was working as a television producer for WNBC-TV in New York. That tragic day, Allison went downtown to meet with the reporter she was assigned to help cover the unfolding events. As the second tower from the World Trade Center came […]

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A Father’s Wisdom Outlasts His Life

by Shandi Pace   As two teenagers, Abby Fabiaschi and her friend Elizabeth were trying to figure life out. On the day before freshman year came to an end, Elizabeth was involved in a car crash and tragically lost her life. At the age of 15, Abby experienced the death of her grandmother, aunt and now, […]

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