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Posts tagged: Compassionate Friends

Jack McPeck: Grief activist

When Jack McPeck first contacted EndNotes, it was through our gmail email address and he sounded a bit angry in the email. I forget why. But we emailed over the months and he softened and finally, we were able to meet and I ran this story Saturday about the group he's involved in The Compassionate Friends.

After spending time with him for the interview, I realized that Jack's passion to help other parents grieve sometimes comes across as a sort of anger. And that's why I called him a grief activist. I've met others.

They don't have time anymore for small talk, bs of any kind, judgment or superficiality. They have suffered what some consider the greatest loss — the loss of a child — and they have a strong desire to help other navigate their special version of hell.

Was happy to finally connect with Jack. I learned a lot more from him than reflected in the short story.

Thanks Jack.

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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