How Butter and Sugar Got Me Through the Saddest Time In My Life

December 5, 2014 6:55 PM

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Two weeks before Thanksgiving, my father-in-law passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. We were all shocked and devastated. I really won the in-law lottery; Neil was an incredible man, the kind of guy you knew was special within minutes of meeting him. When you were talking to him, you knew he was really listening and he had a twinkle in his eye that showed he was a man who truly enjoyed life. I spoke with him on Tuesday -- he watches my 3-year-old son with my saint of a mother-in-law during the day -- and on Wednesday morning, he was rushed to the hospital. By noon Thursday, at 61, he was gone.

We spent the next few days in a haze of sadness and shock, going through the motions. Family came in from out of town. Friends were supportive and unbelievably kind -- sending notes and flowers and trays of food. I was trying to hold it together and take care of my husband and maintain a sense of no...

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