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Friday, December 21, 2012

Healing loss through helping others

picture by Einar Einarsson Kvaran
Anita and Nathan Weedmark suffered a parent's worst nightmare -- the loss of their 19-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. A Mesa College student, Elizabeth died in a car accident in 2006 while driving to San Francisco to visit friends. Anita and Nathan plunged into despair, but eventually came to terms with their loss. Nathan: "In a way, you don't want to lose your grief because you don't want to lose the memories." Anita: "And I just started sobbing, and I thought, 'Oh no, is this what's going to happen? I'll just forget about her?' But I'm not going to forget her. I talk about her practically every day."

Anita and Nathan Weedmark transformed their pain to start an annual event called "Lizfest" in honor of their deceased daughter and raise funds to help children through music. A Couple's Brave Journey Through Heartbreak appeared in the "U-T San Diego" on December 17, 2013.  

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