I am delighted to announce that Nana's Magic Swing and I will be part of the special event Children and Loss: Navigating the Grieving Process with Youth at McNally Robinson Grant Ave., May 2nd. at 7:30 p.m.
My birth name is Neibrandt. Every summer our family holds a Neibrandt Family Day. We started the tradition of gathering as a family the year following the death of our youngest brother Kirk. Kirk was 50 when he died of cancer.
During his illness Kirk teased our daughter. He suggested they should name the child they were expecting Kirketta. As things sometimes go, Molly (a.k.a. Kirketta) was born on Kirk’s birthday. And, as you hope things will never go, on July 12th we celebrated her first and what turned out to be his last birthday at Kirk’s home. He died on August 11th of that same summer. We honour Kirk and our departed parents and grandparents with this family event and a rather silly trophy for winning an even sillier tournament.
By now you are probably wondering why any of this would merit being written about in a blog, so here it is…