From the September 2011 magazine.

September 2011: The Vacant Chair

Their physical bodies may no longer be with us, but our cherished members are far from gone

Photo by anonymous

In life, loss is inevitable...a four-letter word meaning pain through extraction. It is not something that tends to result in a great deal of happiness. Once experienced, one must overcome this loss and move on with life on life’s terms.

When active, I numbed the pain by downing as much alcohol as the day allowed. In sobriety, feelings are keenly experienced, the good and the bad. I choose the way of sobriety, albeit sometimes painfully.

-- Linda B.

Shelton, Connecticut

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