Hello Michael, Your article touched me as a ‘momento mori’ reminder. I have one of your drawing/paintings in my house in California (given to me by my son)). I enjoy the vulner- ability I feel when I look at it. Some time ago you wrote about putting your grief in a permanent place in your life that didn’t cripple you. I have used that notion with friends who have lost someone (in one case a father who lost his son). My birthday is coming up soon (11-11-2011) and I always remember my nephew whose was born on that date and died at twelve years old as a connection with the preciousness of life. I hope to hear good news about your life.