A Thank You to My Beloved Community

In a heartfelt recount of attending the Appalachian Studies Association conference amidst profound grief, a mother shares the painful yet transformative experience of losing her only son. Through encounters with poignant Bible verses, the wisdom of authors like Ron Rash, and the concept of “blood memory” explored by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, she finds solace and strength in her Appalachian community. This narrative captures a journey of resilience, the power of shared heritage, and the unspoken bonds of support that sustain us through our darkest times.