Author Archives: Caitlin Dorman

A Daughter on Grieving: Losing a Father and Dating

My sister just finished her freshman year of high school. Like plenty of teenage girls, she has taken an interest in her male peers. To my great concern, an exorbitant number of boys have taken an interest in her too. It’s scary watching your little sibling come of age. It’s scarier watching people close to

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A Grieving Daughter’s Father’s Day Tribute

NOTE: This is the second of two posts by Caitlin about Father’s Day Dear Dad, As more distance comes between the present and the time of your death, I get worried. For me, time will always bend so that you were here just yesterday. However, as I get older, I surround myself with more and

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An AfterTalk Father’s Day Letter from a Grieving Daughter

NOTE: This is the first of a two-part posting by Caitlin-LL.  Dear Dad, Happy belated Father’s Day. It’s been hard to write to you, and it equally hard to write about you in recent times. When I started writing for AfterTalk, I had a good luck streak. I wrote five posts that helped me process

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Daughters Grieving Loss of Father: A Sibling Story

My younger sister Jolie and I are five years apart.  We were playmates from the beginning, and it seems that her maturity accelerated to keep up with mine.  I got a cellphone after years of waiting, and the next week she got a cellphone.  When it comes to a Verizon Wireless family package, five years

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The Grieving Process: A Daughter and Denial

Denial makes things a blur.  I know that I plunged myself to those depths of unfeeling because I wanted to survive, and on good days, I can forgive myself for it.  I must have been there for over a year, when I could smell a musty, old dream of college – long forgotten in the

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