Oh, I am so very sad to read this, Erika. So sad. I hope writing about it and sharing it with people will, in time, ease your heavy grieving heart. And you have every right to be angry with your “friend” for acting with criminal neglect with such tragic results. Love hurts and heals and endures. And Emerson, sweetest and truest and eternally beloved lives on .


Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays.

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