Diary of a Grieving Step-Mom
by Sharon Rose Connolly
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On June 22, 2011, my 24 year old stepson Sean LaRue Connolly lost control of his car, flipped it, was ejected out and the car landed on him. He sustained severe head injuries. He was in the hospital for 5 days and on June 27, 2011, a CAT scan revealed he was no longer receiving blood to his brain. He was declared dead at 4:16PM. I was his stepmom for 18 of those 24 years. I watched him grow into a loving man. My heart breaks as if he were my own flesh and blood. I'm not sure most people understand a stepmom's grief. I was a good stepmom and enjoyed a good and loving relationship with Sean with our ups and downs but mostly ups. I love and miss him so much. I feel lost and hopeless now. It's been a hard several months. I lost my job in October 2010, lost my mother-in-law in November 2010, had emergency surgery in early June 2011 and returned from the hospital only to lose Sean 2 weeks later. Life looks and feels grim although I go through the motions of living each day, it is a real struggle. I just can't write anymore about this tragedy. The pain is too intense. I will return when I feel a bit stronger.