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February 14, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Araceli Gonzalez Rojas' grief breaks forth in fractured sentences. A year later, the two- to three-word shards choke her as she speaks. Ever since her playful 4-year-old son -- who loved to dance in pajamas and cowboy boots -- was gunned down by a gangster a few feet from their Echo Park home, she and her husband, Roberto Lopez, have mourned mostly in silence. They built colorful altars in his name, using marble, wood and wrapping paper: one in the bedroom where Roberto Lopez Jr. slept curled up beside his older sister and brother; one in the living room where his grandparents tenderly talk to his framed photograph; and one outside their duplex where neighbors pause now and then to reflect.
July 4, 1993
I am writing in response to the article "Drive-By Attack Seen as Fetus Murder Test Case" (June 20). I have had six miscarriages, all 20 weeks or under. Although death certificates are not issued by the Health Department for the loss of a fetus prior to 20 weeks without petition from a physician, my husband and I chose to seek death certificates and held memorial services after the three latest losses because we felt these rituals validated both the life and death of our children lost to miscarriage.
January 30, 2014 | By Annlee Ellingson
When a loved one dies, sometimes those left behind experience a sort of purgatory themselves, a pause seized by grief. "The Wait" opens with just such a passing of a family matriarch, and a mysterious phone call convinces Emma (Chloë Sevigny) that her mother will rise from the dead like Lazarus. Or Jesus. They just have to wait. Emma's sister Angela (Jena Malone), going through some kind of breakup, finds the situation macabre but uses the break from daily life to reclaim her sense of freedom after a relationship of neglect.
May 6, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
OAKLAND - Grief and disbelief reverberated from the Bay Area to the Central Valley on Monday as questions multiplied about a limousine fire that killed five women and injured four on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. Although officials said they had yet to review the limousine's maintenance record or examine its burned-out shell, California Highway Patrol Capt. Mike Maskarich said the 1999 Lincoln Town Car was licensed to carry only eight passengers, though nine were inside. The Saturday night inferno trapped the women as they headed for what was to be a celebratory bridal party at a hotel.
January 17, 2010 | By Lolly Bowean
Ayodeji Ogunniyi is a teacher who connects with students and stays with them until they absorb a lesson, his mentors and supervisors say. He's new -- he started his first full-time teaching job this month at Thornwood High School in a Chicago suburb -- but he knows he's found his calling. "He was born to teach," said Julie Glaser, an English teacher at Thornwood who supervised Ogunniyi when he was student-teaching. "He has a lot of patience. He likes the students. He enjoys being with them and seeing them grow and learn."
May 31, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
The title of “Grace Notes & Anvils” at the Odyssey Theatre refers to two divergent aspects that those in mourning will inevitably encounter. “Grace notes” are those individuals whose acts of kindness come with unexpected synchronicity. “Anvils” goes the other way, when the almost-forgotten personal loss reenters consciousness with a "thud. " So say Ron Marasco and Brian Shuff, authors of “About Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos.” Their exploration of the tricky subject of grief is a specialty hybrid of staged reading, topical symposium and group therapy session.
December 20, 2012 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- People in this idyllic New England town returned on Thursday morning to the church that has served as the centerpiece of its grief and mourned another of the town's young victims killed last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In what has become a tragic daily occurrence this week, people gathered at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church for a funeral, this time for Catherine Violet Hubbard, 6. She was one of the 20 first-graders killed Friday morning when a gunman invaded their classroom area at the school.
June 3, 2013 | Sandy Banks
Hope was the theme of the day, but unremitting pain was the backdrop when friends and family members of suicide victims gathered in a Culver City park on Saturday for their annual summer potluck. "Survivors After Suicide" they call themselves. It's a label with two meanings: They survived unthinkable, unbearable loss. And some, in the aftermath, contemplated or attempted suicide themselves. These survivors share a singular sort of grief - one that binds them inexorably to guilt, confusion and shame.
One of my favorite pictures of my children shows them at about 6 weeks, sitting side by side in their infant car seats, crying their eyes out. Except that one is wearing pink and the other blue, you can't tell them apart. You can't tell which is Jessie, a vibrant, robust little girl, and which is Sandy, a little boy who has severe spastic quadriplegia, epilepsy, difficulty breathing and a feeding tube surgically implanted in his stomach.
November 22, 2009 | By Maura Dolan
The telephone rang shortly after 8 a.m. on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. The caller was a friend of my son's who said he needed to speak to him. "It's important," he said. I carried the phone into James' bedroom and shook him awake. "Joe?" he said into the telephone. "Joe who?" The call lasted only a couple of minutes, and my son looked up at me, dazed. He said Joe Loudon had attended a party the night before, drank some alcohol and was dead. Patrick "P.J." Gabrielli, then a high school junior who hosted the party, was in jail.
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