Readers React: Sympathy for a father’s loss

To the editor: I just read the touching op-ed article by Michael Metzler in which he laments the passage of another year that puts distance between him and his young daughter’s death in 2014. I understand his pain. (“Why I’m not looking forward to the new year,” Opinion, Dec. 30)

I send my heartfelt condolences to him and his family for the loss of a precious child. May her memory serve as an inspiration to him and family and may they know her life was not lived in vain

Rosalyn Schiff, Thousand Oaks



To the editor: While we can neither relieve Metzler of his grief (after the death of his daughter in 2014) nor stop the start of a new year, we can — as readers — “listen” to him.

He writes, “I want to slow it all down and just sit for a while, not moving until I’m ready, not talking about it until I can get the words right.”

Take your time, Mr. Metzler; we’ll sit quietly with you.

Clare Harrington, San Diego


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