Their story became a national sensation. An Orchard Park mom – vowing to her dying best friend – that she would care for her four daughters. Now, three years later, I checked in on the beautiful family who inspired so many around the nation. I talked with Laura about how life has changed and how the girls are all doing.
“Grief isn’t going away. So you might as well learn to peacefully coexist.” Mindy on navigating her ‘new normal.’
For Mindy Sauer, learning to live with a loss so great has been an uphill climb, one that takes work every single day, “I don’t know that the pain has gotten easier over the past three years. It’s changed. Or maybe I’ve changed. I suppose I’ve learned how to live with it.”
Three years ago, this entire community rallied behind beautiful little Ben Sauer. We prayed. We wore blue. For Mindy Sauer, the new normal for her family is difficult to navigate, “Grief is part of me now. I’m learning to live with it. And the weirdest part is knowing that grief and joy can peacefully coexist in this same person at the exact same moment.”