I am thankful for the love she gave to me. I am thankful for the memories that I have of her.
The pieces of the puzzle were all there, albeit scattered and difficult to assemble. But families, supervisors, colleagues and the OPP as an organization need to work together more closely to achieve better outcomes going forward.
“How many sets of <insert exercise here> should I do to build my chest?” “How many carbs should I eat to shed this spare tire?” “I used to be fit when I was young… but things have gotten away from me. I want to get back into it. What should I do?” My answer is never the one they expect: “Commit to holding the door open for a stranger at least once a day for the next two weeks. Look them in the eye and smile while you’re doing it. When they say thank you, say - you’re welcome.” I [...]
I know now the emotions I was struggling mightily to suppress are part of my humanity.
You'll look back and be amazed at how far you've come. But you'll look forward and be more amazed all the places you can choose to go.
My infidelity that night in 2006 was only one act in a ten-year drama. Cindy's death didn't mean an end to my demons.
We will all face great loss in our life. It’s one of the few things of which we can be certain. Every one of us will be forced to make choices about how we deal with it. Some of us will face our loss and grief head on. Others, like me, will try to run. I ran until I could run no longer. And when I stopped, grief was right there waiting for me. Cindy MacKenzie took her last breath on March 26, 2010. She died of carbon monoxide poisoning, just like she intended. Cindy was my wife and the [...]