The mother of my kids and my wife, Duyen Chung, was diagnosed with a late stage G.I. Cancer in June of 2015 and died not long after in October of that year. The kids and I have attended an important peer support group moderated by MFT interns, called “Circle of Care” since Duyen’s diagnosis.
At a young age, most kids overriding concern is that they be viewed as “no different” than any other kid. The death of a parent makes that impossible, given the fear and anxiety it creates in both children and grown-ups. The solation this fear creates is one of the most painful parts of death in American culture.
The support group and counseling at Circle of Care work to normalize death and loss, making sure that kids know that they are not alone in their sadness and grief, with the tools they need to speak openly about whats too often considered unspeakable.
Each year we walk around Lake Merrit to remember and honor Duyen, and were doing so this year as well! If you would like to join us in honor of your own special person or to support team Duyen, and this awesome non-profit, we would love to see you May 12th from 10am to 1pm near Fairyland at the lake! It is free to walk but for 25 bucks you get a purple Walk for Lifers Tshirt to help keep an eye on each other for the walk;-)! Yours truly, Sean