“I’ll Cry to Understand…a piece at a time”
Pictured are (back row): Nathan and Kyle. Front row: Kristina, Dan and Karen. This photo was taken in 2004.
“We are but a breath away from the children we’ve lost, may we always feel their presence and love.” This is a passage from Karen E. Weis’ book, “I’ll Cry to Understand…a piece at a time”. Karen and her husband, Dan, learned that their fun-loving son was in a fatal car accident while they were out of town, and since then nothing has been the same. “It happened on a Thursday night and we packed up and left as quickly as possible. Funeral arrangements couldn’t be made until Monday so all weekend we had family and friends coming in and out of our house to make sure we were alright,” explained Karen. Friends and family waited for hours to say their good-byes to Nathan, just a young boy who had his whole life ahead of him. He was a dedicated father to his son, Tyler, a hard worker and lived by the saying “I’m good”. His carefree attitude and love for animals, and life in general, touched so many people. Karen mentioned that with his lifestyle that “Nathan lived a fuller life than most 60 year olds.”
The loss of Nathan left Karen, Dan and their children in a fog of grief. “It was hard to get up and relive it every day. It was like a bad dream that we just kept having,” said Karen.
Karen knew she wanted to do something in honor of Nathan and tossed some ideas around with Dan. Dan ensured her that their love for Nathan was enough but if she needed to do something to honor him then she should. This then sent her down a new path, a path which would not only help her start the healing process, but would also go on to help so many other grieving parents and family members start theirs. Karen decided to write a book on not only her journey, but the journey of other grieving parents. “I’ll Cry to Understand…a piece at a time” voices the ups and downs of their grieving process and really connects with readers.
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