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Mom’s Still Here

Her heart still beats. I hear it from inside. At thirty-three years old, in a most sudden and shocking way, my friend Ellen faced a new reality: Life without her mom. January 6, 2002 was a Sunday pretty much like any other, aside from the cranberry juice Joanne accidentally spilled on her Sunday best, changing her plans to go to church with her husband. Instead, they headed out a little earlier than expected to visit family, hopping on Interstate 4 in Florida just as they’ve done countless times before. Only this time, life would take a tragic turn. On the other side of the highway, a man driving a van clipped the car next to him, lost control, crossed the …