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Wooden Box

On a scorching day at my step-father’s graveside, I stood slightly outside the circle of 20 mourners, present but distant. In my hands, strange to me, was the wooden box. I wasn’t thinking about its contents of bone cinders and fine ash, but of the surprising coolness to the touch of its dark mahogany veneer […]

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Melissa’s Story

Accompanying Essay: Wooden Box, by Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. On a scorching day at my step-father’s graveside, I stood slightly outside the circle of 20 mourners, present but distant. In my hands, strange to me, was the wooden box. I wasn’t thinking about its contents of bone cinders and fine ash, but of the surprising coolness to […]

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