Story Topic: Bereavement

Samantha Lawler (USA)

Photograph by Louisa Hext Samantha Lawler’s mother was murdered by her father in 1999 at the family home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her father admitted to strangling his wife, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and rape and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.  Thirteen years later, Samantha visited her father in prison –… more

Cathy Harrington (USA)

In 2004 Cathy Harrington’s 26-year old daughter, Leslie, was murdered in a brutal attack in her own home.  It was Halloween night when the killer broke in, also taking the life of another of Leslie’s housemates. A year later, after an extensive police investigation, Eric Copple admitted to the crimes.  Copple is now serving two… more

Liz Brereton (England)

Photo by Brian Moody In August 2008 Liz Brereton’s 21-year-old daughter, Ruth, was killed in a car crash travelling back from Portsmouth to her home in Croydon.  Two years later the driver of the car received a two year prison sentence for causing death by dangerous driving and was banned from driving for two years.… more

Dave Dineen (Ireland)

Photo by Brian Moody Dave Dineen first encountered sexual abuse at the age of seven. Through a stormy childhood he found himself placed in the care of a religious institution in Cork. His healing journey has been about learning to live with a difficult past. He is the CEO and Founder of LÁMH Healing Foundation… more

Grace Idowu (England)

Photograph by Brian Moody In 2008 Tim and Grace Idowu’s  third child, 14-year-old David, was murdered in the park opposite his home in South London. The perpetrator was 16-year-old Elijah Dayoni who later received a minimum sentence of 12 years. In 2010 Grace met Elijah at a restorative justice conference at Ashfield Young Offenders Institute. The… more

Lynette D. Grace (USA)

21 years ago Lynette Grace was attacked by her friend’s son, Johnny. In the same attack Johnny killed his own mother. 20 years later Lynette has met and formed a close bond with him. You can contact Lynette at doorkeeper90@gmail.com. When my mother died suddenly I flew into town to attend her funeral and stayed the… more

David Rogers (England)

David Rogers with wife Pat and his late son Adam In May 2009, at the age of 24, Adam Rogers moved back to his parents’ home in Blackburn. One Saturday evening, just after his parents had left for a two week holiday in Malta, Adam got punched in the head protecting his friend from a… more

Judith Toy (USA)

On October 15th 1990, three members of Judith Toy’s family were brutally murdered in Pennsylvania, USA by Charles Grand.  The perpetrator was the boy across the street, a family friend, 19 years old.  Five years after, through her newfound practice of daily mindfulness in the Zen Buddhist tradition, Judith spontaneously forgave Charles. In 2011 she published… more

Tracey Ford (England)

Photography – Brian Moody In 2007 Tracey Ford was a single mother, running her own business and looking after her two children, Becky (14) and Andre (17), when at his friend’s ice-skating party Andre was shot dead. The perpetrators were never caught. Tracey has since founded the JAGSfoundation (http://www.jagsfoundation.co.uk/) as a lasting tribute to her son.… more

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