EPISODE 47: Rebuilding Our Lives After Losing Our Two Sons with Donna Lathrop

**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.

In this episode, I am deeply honored to have Donna Lathrop as my guest. Donna and her husband lost their two sons, Mark and Kevin, when their car was hit by a train years ago.

Donna is an 83-year-old wife, a mother of three boys, and a grandmother of 4 boys. She enjoys painting, quilting, most crafts, and being a grandmother.

Donna says she is an ordinary person who was profoundly changed through the loss of her two boys, Mark and Kevin. After the loss, she became a Deacon of the church and came out of her shell to help others deal with their losses.

This made her a stronger person and gave her a little more self-confidence. Since she has lost her two sons, she has spent her life trying to be accepting of all people.

Listen in as we talk about:

  • [1:45] Who Mark and Kevin were, and how Donna lost both of her boys tragically 
  • [6:00] How Donna found her faith through her loss 
  • [9:00] What grief looked like in the early years
  • [12:45] Adopting a new son and rebuilding their life
  • [24:55] How Donna and Larry survived their first year post-loss
  • [31:20] The greatest gift grief gave them

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