Twenty-nine-year-old Adam McCloud died in October of 2012 after he was beaten at a Stillwater bar. Eric Richard was convicted of first-degree assault after punching McCloud at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque. According to the criminal complaint, McCloud had spilled Richard’s drink and later refused to pay for it. After McCloud’s death, his family found that they could keep his spirit alive by helping local charities. Supper time at the Odebrecht household brings the family together. But every so often, they can’t help but think of who’s not at the dinner table.
When we lose a loved one, we often look for ways to honor their life. One Twin Cities couple has found a unique way to memorialize a family member after death. Ron and Carole Javner opened Eternal Ware in Newport, where they offer a unique pottery memorial to grieving families. For Ron, pottery has always been a passion. “It’s an interesting form of art,” Ron said.
One Twin Cities community is rallying around a local family to help them cope with the death of their child. Tony and Sarah Zahradka lost their 18-month-old daughter, Janie, two months ago. Her passing is called Sudden Unexplained Death in a Child, or SUDC, which is 54-times rarer than SIDS. Sometimes loss is so painful that moving on seems impossible. “She was just kind of taken for no reason. It’s kind of hard to deal with,” Tony said.
When you’ve lost a loved one, getting through the holidays can be very emotional and painful. But there are some ways to cope with the sadness.
Big Bird learns about death.