From the December 2012 magazine.

December 2012: A Mother's Prayer

A grieving mom shares hope for others who might find this program

Pray as I have always done: “Bless my son and grandsons, and give them everything I have and want, and let your will not theirs be done.” Only now there is a difference. My son is dead.

I still pray as if nothing has changed, but everything has changed. Now I am left wondering how I should alter my prayer since the hope I had is gone. In January, two detectives came to my apartment to tell me that my son was found dead in a hotel room. The cause was excessive alcohol—a 3.3% level. He was 47. The coroner who called to tell me the autopsy report also informed me that he had six...

-- Shirley S.

New York, New York