The Darkest Night Since My Son Died

Last week marked one year since my 15-year-old son Christian died tragically and unexpectedly. The last 365+ days have been the darkest night my soul has known. St. John of the Cross detailed a dark night of the soul in his poetry as “a spiritual crisis in the journey toward union with God.” Other perspectives…

Finding a Cure for ALS Becomes Woman’s Cause After Father’s Death…

Tara Gottlie, whose father died six months after his ALS diagnosis, now works for the ALS Association to help others and help find a cure. Tara Gottlieb lost her father to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in November, but the Massachusetts resident said she’s only just begun advocating for people with the disease and working to help…

After young daughter’s death, Trumbull dad rides for cancer research

When Jim McCaffrey lost his 6-year-old daughter Mia to a rare form of pediatric cancer in 2017, the pain of that loss was acute, and not just for the family. “I think people struggle to connect with us sometimes about Mia,” said McCaffrey, 41, a Trumbull High School English teacher. When McCaffrey decided to get involved…

Author writes about late husband’s journey with cancer

With a grim medical prognosis in November 1995, Jim Kiel’s final wish was to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding the following July. With a grim medical prognosis in November 1995, Jim Kiel’s final wish was to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding the following July. He fulfilled that…

Is there life after my son’s death? 

Today marks four months since the tragic death of my son Christian. I knew the holidays would be hard, but they were more difficult than I could have imagined. I thought I might be able to come through them a bit refreshed; but instead, I feel more like I did in the days and weeks…