[July 13, 2018 — Delaware Online] In When a Drug Overdose Kills Your Child, This Is What It Does to Your Life, MaryBeth Cichocki offers a first-person view of grief after losing her 37-year-old son Matt Klosowski to an overdose in 2015. The article is, in fact, a prose poem in which she makes dozens of simply stated observations that could not be more poignant:
- Losing your child goes against the cycle of life.
- Every day, this club adds more members.
- Life is now in pieces.
- Your grief is palpable.
- You ask for signs. You look to the sky …
- You are trying to find a new meaning to life.
- Your journey is to honor your child …
- Their fight is over. Yours has begun.
- You are the mother of an addict. You will not be silenced.
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