19th Circuit Court of Judges

19th Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Yearly Conference, by Susan Whitmore

First, thank you Judge Bridges to inviting me to spend the spectacular day with you and your colleagues.

I had the honor and privilege of speaking before the 19th Circuit Court of Judges for the Chicago District in October 2015. In attendance were over 50 judges from the various counties that the 19th Circuit Court covers. The topic was grief and included the science of grief. It was a very special experience for me to be with so many high-powered men and women whose hearts were also broken by the deaths of someone they love. As we know, grief does not care what our status is in life, what we have or have not accomplished, where we live, how we look, or what we have or don’t have. The playing field is equal when anyone loses someone they dearly love. Grief is grief.

The day with all of these amazing men and woman--people who daily serve the people by listening to information and then making difficult and sometimes life-changing decisions--was a day I will always hold near and dear to my heart.

To Judge Bridges and his colleagues: Thank you for allowing me into your lives. You will always be special to me, and we are always here for each and every one of you.

Your friend,
Susan Whitmore, Founder & President and Erika’s Mom
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