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Grapevine : September 2011
Dealing with the loss of someone loved---whether a child, a parent, a sibling, a spouse or a fellow member---is always a blow and a test of sobriety and sanity by its very nature. In this issue, AAs share on how they handled grief and subsequent growth, demonstrating that the same tools that help us recover from alcohol- ism can also help us recover from sorrow. In "First Aid, AA-Style," a father survives the loss of two children, and in "Game Over," a woman learns acceptance through her husband's suicide. These familial losses are painful, and when AA becomes family, the grieving over cher- ished members can be just as difficult. In "Vacant Chair," the author writes, "People we love in the program, especially those with time, pass on, and an aching emptiness is left." How have you dealt with sorrow, loss and grief in sobriety? This could be loss of any kind: a friend, a pet, a job. Please visit I-Say at AAGrapevine.org and share your experience, strength and hope among the community of fellow members. You never know when what you say may help another AA. In fellowship, The Managing Editor email@example.com aagrapevine.org 1