You know the second that it happens, you feel your heart rip open and you know that everything’s changed and you’re just never the same again. And so… we call it a rebuilding. You spend your time rebuilding your life after the death of your child because the life you knew beforehand is gone,”


These are the words of Dr. Susan Averitt whose daughter Cameron was hit by a car and killed in 2006. When she was ready, which required many years of rebuilding, pasting together a life where Cameron became her “angel daughter,” she formed the support group Parents Left Behind. She tells her story and invites listeners to the 4th annual support seminar August 25, 2018 here in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Please listen if you’ve experienced the death of a beloved child or if you know someone who has, please share. As Susan would remind you, “You can never make someone think about the child that they’ve lost by mentioning the child that they’ve lost or saying, ‘I’m sorry for your loss.’ And so in fact if you don’t mention it, it’s more painful.”

I’m honored to interview Susan today and reach out to any of you who are living with this unfathomable loss — or trying to put one foot in front of the other, knowing that you are changed forever.

You can hear more about grief and many other topics by listening to Dr. Margaret’s new podcast, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. Subscribe to this website and receive her weekly posts as well as her podcasts, plus Dr. Margaret’s eBook, “Seven Commandments of Good Therapy.”