Burying Your Child: A Mother’s Story.
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In what is probably our most compelling episode to date, Ann and Dan have a conversation with their guest Marie, a native New Orleanian whose son was tragically murdered in late 2016. Marie’s son was barely 20 years old when he was shot and killed. Sadly this type of story is not at all uncommon in New Orleans. New Orleans is one of the deadliest cities in the US, which ranked #4 behind St. Louis, Baltimore, and Detroit in murders per capita in 2016. It’s a little known secret that New Orleans is one of the most violent cities in the US, more than doubling Chicago’s murder rate per capita. Marie takes us on an emotional rollercoaster in detailing her son’s life, his upbringing, and troubled (in some senses typical) past. He was shot on 3 separate occasions with the 3rd time ending his life. She shares that she had never lost a close family member and had no idea what to do after the doctor notified her that he did not make it through surgery. The hospital provided no counseling or guidance as to what her…