When Your Father’s Killed Five Days Before Christmas

Coping with Prolonged Grief After Losing A Parent

Julie Calidonio
Middle-Pause

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Taken in Santa Ana, El Salvador, the afternoon before he was killed. He had finally made it to the top of the mountain—photo by his friend David.

On December 20th, 2018, the day my father died, I had volunteered at my son’s school holiday fair.

Rolling clouds darkened the sky, and fearing a storm, I took my daughter with me instead of sending her to preschool. I wore jeans and a green sweater, and no red…

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Julie Calidonio
Middle-Pause

Lawyer turned writer, Julie's essays keep it real about motherhood and adulting. Follow her on Insta @julie.calidonio or at https://www.juliecalidonio.com