Some losses in life seem absolutely unbearable. The unanticipated end of an intimate relationship that's at the center of our lives. The death of a parent who can no longer provide advice or answer our phone calls, or, perhaps the most difficult, the death of a young child. So often, it seems, the language we use in everyday discourse falls far short of what we need when we are in the midst of such profound grief, such unmitigated, seemingly unending despair. What many of us discover at these times is that we need something other than words, perhaps the silent presence of a close friend, or the gentle reminders that somehow, some way, life will and must go on. This is just what happened to Abby Dawes.
Abby Dawes lives in Barrington with her partner, Brian DiSalvo, and their four-year-old son Will. She is the Head of Regulatory Relations at Citizens Bank. Dawes wishes to thank the wonderful nurses at Women and Infants Hospital for their care and sends a special thanks to Dr. David Beitel and Dr. Erika Werner.