People who we've met who have experienced the death of a child all told us that the annual anniversaries of the tragedy are difficult, and after going through our first anniversary of Gilgamesh's accident and death back in the middle of last September, I can say this accurately reflected our experience. Anticipating this, we drove 7 hours away to Cheaha State Park in northern Alabama. I'm glad all three of us got away and spent it together. I'm glad our dog Enkidu was able to join us. Here we are:
My Jewish friends and colleagues remind me of their tradition where there is a year long mourning period before the process of working on grief begins.