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Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Dinner Party: Interview with Lennon Flowers

  We are so excited to introduce you to our friend, Lennon Flowers. Lennon is the Executive Director for The Dinner Party, a non-profit organization that is changing the way we speak about grief and providing opportunities for young women and men to connect with one another through evenings spent around the table. We talked to Lennon about the loss of her mom, the structure of The Dinner Party, and the advice she has for young adults walking down a similar path. Read on to learn more about her and her inspiring story.   Thank you for joining us, Lennon! You lost your mom when you were a senior in college—we are so sorry. Can you tell us about her and how that loss impacted you? My mom was many things: a middle class working mother who never quite got over her days of single parenting, a photographer and documentary film buff, a product of the ‘60s and consummate real-talker with zero tolerance of intolerance, a fiercely independent woman who told us we could be anything we wanted to be, provided we were passionate about it. She was sick for four years, and they were hard years. Her death impacted […]

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To the Strangers in Whole Foods

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  We stumbled upon this amazing post by Deborah Greene, a contributor for The Mighty, a website that helps users “face disability, disease, and mental illness together.” In the piece she pens a letter to the strangers in Whole Foods who comforted her and surrounded her with love and grace when she received a phone call with the heartbreaking news that her father had committed suicide. Greene expresses her gratitude for these people, these total strangers, who rallied around her during her time of need: “If it were not for you, I don’t know what I would’ve done in those first raw moments of overwhelming shock, anguish, and grief. But I thank God every day I didn’t have to find out. Your kindness, your compassion, your willingness to help a stranger in need have stayed with me until this day. And no matter how many times my mind takes me back to that horrible life-altering moment, it is not all darkness. Because you reached out to help, you offered a ray of light in the bleakest moment I’ve ever endured. You may not remember it. You may not remember me. But I will never, ever forget you. And though you […]

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