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Kato series shines light on loss, grief and recovery

To the editor:

Today I finished reading Larry Parnass’ series on Yoko Kato, in which Parnass focused on Yoko’s grief following the violent murders of her daughter, Sherry, and her grandson, Cedric, at the hands of Cedric’s father, Sean Seabrooks.

The series was compelling and well-written and very well captured the experience of grief and loss.

I was dismayed to read, in a brief article that accompanied the final installment, that there was sentiment expressed by some readers that the Gazette devoted too much space to the series; that there have been many losses in the Valley also worthy of such extensive coverage.

While this may be true, Parnass chose this story with his heart, and that’s where the best stories come from. I was impressed with the in-depth coverage, the intensive research and the thoughtful way the series played out, and I was grateful to the Gazette for publishing it.

There is much to be learned about grief and loss within Parnass’ chapters, and there is much to be learned about recovery and finding the ways to overcome. I would encourage readers to see the series as a lesson with a broad message.

Janice Beetle

Easthampton

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