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A Midlife Reckoning With Childhood Trauma

When unprocessed grief rears its head

Laura Friedman Williams
Human Parts
Published in
6 min readMar 13, 2022

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Photo by Noah Silliman on Unsplash

I am two months shy of my fifth birthday when my father dies. He has been ill throughout my childhood, his kidneys failing after a childhood illness ravaged them. He has been on dialysis as he’s awaited a new kidney, but he dies before one becomes available. He is 36.

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Laura Friedman Williams
Human Parts

Author of AVAILABLE: A Very Honest Account of Life After Divorce (Boro/HarperUK June ‘21; Harper360 May ‘21). Mom of three, diehard New Yorker.