Stories about: loss of a child

Remembering Aidan

This past weekend we celebrated my dead son’s birthday.

It’s the same every year; it’s easier that way. There’s no thought or planning involved; we can just slip into it and let the ritual carry us. At 5 pm on October 17th, the family and friends who are coming meet at our house. We walk down the back path, down the hill to the cemetery, carrying a bunch of balloons. When we get there, the balloons get distributed and when everyone’s ready and we’ve ascertained the direction of the wind, someone counts to three and we let them go as we all say, “Happy Birthday, Aidan!”

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