Story Topic: Bereavement

Anne-Marie Cockburn (England)

Photo by Katalin Karolyi In July 2013 Anne-Marie Cockburn’s 15-year-old daughter, Martha Fernback, spent the afternoon in an Oxford park with friends when she took a half gram of pure crystallised MDMA (ecstasy) which killed her. A 17-year-old man was given an 18-month supervision order for supplying Class A drugs. Anne-Marie’s book 5742 Days (the… more

Irina Krasovskaya (Belarus)

On 16 September 1999 Irina Krasovskaya’s husband, businessman Anatoly Krasovsky, was abducted and murdered by the security forces in Belarus. No one has ever claimed responsibility and Anatoly‘s body has never been found.  Ever since then Irina has campaigned extensively to raise awareness for the plight of all those who have been “disappeared” during the dictatorship… more

Brenda Adelman (USA)

Brenda Adelman’s mother, an award-winning artist and photographer, was shot and killed in her home in Brooklyn, New York, in 1995. Brenda’s father pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and served two and half years in prison. Since then, with a degree in Spiritual Psychology, Brenda has written a one-woman show, “My Brooklyn Hamlet”, based on… more

Scarlett Lewis (USA)

On Dec 14th 2012 Scarlett Lewis’s 6-year-old son, Jesse, was killed when gunman Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and shot dead 20 children and six staff before turning the gun on himself. It was the deadliest mass shooting at a school in U.S. history. Since then, with the encouragement of her older son… more

Stephanie Cassatly (USA)

Stephanie Cassatly’s mother was murdered in a convenience-store-robbery in New Orleans in 1980. Since then, Stephanie has become a wife, mother, professor, speaker and writer. Much of her work is centered on grief, healing and the possibility of forgiveness – www.stephaniecassatly.com The impetus to learn about my mother’s killer came from a virtual stranger. My… more

Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel (USA)

Photo by Louisa Hext On 12th February 1993 Mary Johnson’s only son, 20-year-old Laramiun Byrd, was murdered.  The perpetrator was 16-year-old Oshea Israel who received a 25 year sentence for second degree murder. Many years later Mary visited Oshea in prison and since his release in 2010 they have lived as neighbours in the Northside… more

Wilma Derksen (Canada)

In November 1984 Wilma and Cliff Derksen’s 13-year-old daughter, Candace, went missing on her way home from school in Winnipeg, Canada. It wasn’t until 22 years later that Mark Grant was charged with her murder and in 2011, after a five week trial, sentenced to 25 years without parole.   For the past three decades Wilma… more

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