New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 25, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Daughter’s Name Still Hurts Mom Five Years After Loss
DEAR ABBY: Five years ago, our baby daughter died of sudden infant death syndrome. It was very painful for our whole family. Her name was Heather.
Last week, my younger brother and his wife announced that they are expecting a baby, and if it’s a girl, they plan to name her Heather.
I tried to persuade my brother to pick another name because hearing the name of our dear departed daughter would be very painful for me, but he said his wife had always loved the name Heather and they have no plans to change it.
What can I do?
STILL MOURNING IN MINNESOTA
DEAK STILL: There is nothing you can do if that's the name they chose. Personally, I think your brother and his wife should have been more sensitive and understanding, but
they have the right to name their child whatever they wish.
The grieving process is natural, but if after five years you still can’t bear to hear the name of your dear departed daughter, you should seriously consider grief counseling with a support group. It can he enormously helpful.
For information on support groups near you, write to: The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Center, 1415 E. Wayzata Blvd., Suite 22, Wayzata, Minn. 55391. And please include a stamped (39 cents), self-addressed, long envelope. It is a non-profit organization.
DEAR ABBY: Your letter warn ing people about the hazards of riding on esc alators recalls the time my husband and I were riding the escalator with our 4 year old grandson.
Although we were aware of the
emergency buttons at the top and bottom, we- were in the middle of the staircase when “.Jimmy’s” shoelace got trapped in the teeth of the escalator. I tried vainly to pull the shoelace out of the teeth of the escalator while my husband quickly removed Jimmy’s foot from the trapped shoe.
By the time someone stopped the escalator, the shoe was torn to shreds, but our grandson’s foot was intact.
So in addition to knowing about the emergency buttons, adults should remember to get the child’s foot out of the shoe as quickly as
FRANCES LOONEY, SEAL BEACH, CALIF.
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