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‘Resting Places’ series offered insight into grief process

To the editor:

Thank you for featuring the nonfiction series “Resting Places.” The series not only told the story of Yoko Kato’s grief in the aftermath of the brutal murders of her daughter and grandson by her grandson’s father, it also told a more universal story of the long, slow process of grief and of people’s search for understanding and meaning in the wake of terrible trauma and loss.

So often we hear or read about domestic violence and murders in the news, but don’t think about the long-lasting impact on the families of survivors. I especially appreciated the inclusion in the story of the wise comments made by her therapist, Cat Chapin, about the process of grief and the struggle to cope with almost unendurable pain and keep on living.

Learning more about Yoko Kato’s personal journey gave me an even greater appreciation of her work as a strong advocate against domestic violence in the U.S. and Japan.

Heather J. Johnson

Florence

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