“I want you to knock me out. I need you to knock me out.” ~ Grief and Benzos

~My daughter had just died, instantly, of head trauma received in a car accident at 15 years of age. It was a beautiful afternoon in July. She died within 40 seconds of sitting down in the passenger seat of her boyfriend’s car and fastening her seat-belt. The news hit social media before officials could contact me. Facebook was…

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“Mourning” Has Broken — Waking Up From Grief

A few months after my 15 year old daughter died in a tragic car accident, I slipped into a routine of staying up until almost sunrise or later, and sleeping most of the day away.  I wasn’t working at the time (bereavement leave) and lived entirely alone in a rural Appalachian area. In my mind, it…