I could never survive that

Surviving in memory of Charles Aubrey Rogers, 20, who died by suicide. Two years old in this picture.

Grief sits on your heart

settles in your limbs

roars in your ears

and takes you to your knees.

You can’t imagine surviving

or moving forward again

how does anyone do this?

live without their child?

One hour at a time

then one day at a time

then one week at a time

then each month after that.

You step forward and then back

ride a journey of uncertainty

until you learn to live with grief

and your melancholy days.

Let loved …