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The death of your child breaks you. With some luck, you may be able to rebuild most of who you were before that loss so that you are not a complete stranger, even to yourself. Even then, you know that you will never be the same again. There will always be a piece of you missing, leaving you forever broken.

With the loss of her son, Jeramie, to a car accident, author Daynabelle Anderson found this to be true of herself: a forever broken mom. She then had to decide whether to fight it and live her life, trying in vain to be whole again, only to punish herself over and over when her efforts resulted in failure. Or she could accept that this was who she was now–to allow herself to be broken and to forgive herself for it. She chose the latter, and now she chronicles her journey into that brokenness.

This personal narrative offers one mother’s story and her perspective on how to live with grief, intended for anyone who has lost a loved one and who feels pressured to move on.