Episode 8: Eric’s Mom – Death by Suicide

Dentist Kim Harm’s 19 year old son, Eric, looked like he had everything going for him. He was a smart, talented jazz pianist who had just finished his first semester at Columbia University. He had been elected to the student council, was getting excellent grades...

Episode 7: Jenny and Angie’s Sister

On today’s episode, I speak with my dear friend, Michele Thorson. Michele and I became friends shortly after I moved to Grand Rapids, 15 years ago. Michele’s mother had recently died and my mother had died about 10 years prior to that so I was able to...

The Closets

The semi-annual cleaning of the closets is a task that I have done many times before. I go through my youngest son, Peter’s closet and take out all of the clothes that he has outgrown over the past season. We then make our way into Andy’s room and go...

Episode 6: Jack’s Mom

In today’s episode, I speak with Jack’s mom, Anna Whiston-Donaldson. Jack died in 2011 at the age of 12 in a freak flash flood while playing at a neighbor’s house. Anna had (and still has) a very popular blog post at the time entitled An Inch of...