This is a sad story – the story of a woman whose son died, unexpectedly, when he was 15. It was asthma that ended his life. I decided to share her painful story, that she so bravely published on the blog pages of The Suburban Woman, because it demonstrates something very valuable – the healing friendships of women. Linda Lowry, the grieving mother, saw her life fall apart after her son died, and this included her marriage. It’s true that a family loss or trauma often leads to divorce, but that makes it no less painful.
Linda’s friends weren’t able to help her much as she struggled to survive this tragedy, her husband had left the picture, and support groups just were not providing her any comfort. Finally it was a complete stranger, a woman from across the country, who reached out to her through Facebook and was somehow able to touch her in a way that provided help and comfort. Linda has come a long way since then. She now attends a grief center with her daughter, and as she says, she has reclaimed her right to BE.
Women friends, be they new or old or by happenstance, can be your saving grace sometimes.