When parents have to bury a child...
If you're a parent, it's the saddest of all possible thoughts: how would you go on if one of your kids would die?
For most of us, it's just horrible thought, something that gets briefly pondered when you hear about some other parent going through the unthinkable. Many times it ends with you seeking your children out to give them a hug, leaving the kid to ask, "What was THAT for?"
For some parents, the nightmare is a reality. One of them is Mary Kay Balchunas. I know her through church--we attend St. Mary in Hales Corners.
The Journal/Sentinel's Don Walker does a great job telling how Mary Kay and her husband dealt with the most unspeakable of horrors--the murder of their son--and what they're doing these days as the gun debate continues anew in our country.
It's a safe bet you'll seek out your kids for another one of those hugs by the time you're done reading it.