Milestones in the Shadow of Loss

On a December morning 8 years ago, my 16-year-old son T.J. died by suicide. T.J. was the middle of our three sons. He left behind 2 brothers— 13-year-old Matt and 17-year-old John. Since that time, we have moved through many of life’s milestones without T.J. There are always so many mixed emotions ranging from true joy to a punch-in-the-gut sadness at the realization that we are moving through yet another milestone without T.J. here with us. Even harder is the understanding that it is another milestone T.J. will never cross. When you die at 16, with so much of life ahead of you, there are so many of life’s milestones that just never happen. Last week our youngest son Matt graduated from co

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