Bulletproof goes behind the headlines to tell the before-during-and-after story of an unthinkable family tragedy. The book begins with a marriage like many other marriages, launching with love and arcing into family, however, hitting rocky shoals and ran aground. Dark secrets began to emerge. The only thing that seemed unequivocal was his devotion to the children. Eventually divorce, the two of us preparing to share custody of the boys across a bitter divide. Then, on March 31, 2010, at 8:04 in the morning, my soon to be ex-husband shot and killed our two children, five-year-old Alec and fifteen-month-old-Asher. Bulletproof tells the story, too, of a marriage unlike most any other, ending as it does in murder and death row. For nearly seven years, I have been living with this…this what? This fact. This tragedy, this shock, this loss, this aching. This emptying out of life as I knew it. But also this other side, this hope, making a new life built on the only thing it can be: love. This story is mine to live. No way around it. It is also mine to tell.
Laurie Beth Morales introduces an alternative yet complimentary perspective and understanding to the 5 stages of grief developed by her after the murder of her 2 sons, ages 5 and 15 months by her soon-to-be-ex husband. Laurie Beth has unusual insight into death and healing, as both a mother and a licensed clinical social worker specializing in grief, trauma, sudden death and addictions. Over the past 20 years in counseling, Laurie Beth discovered that traumatic grief from trauma, sometimes associated with addiction (i.e.overdoses, death of children experienced by a parent, victim of a crime, accidents) were experienced differently, the “normal” order of the lifespan was interrupted. Laurie Beth will present guide and understanding of what happens to us when we encounter an unwanted, unexpected reality – from grieving the loss of a life no longer and how to recover, to the sometimes unfortunate “other side” of life, death. Bulletproof will explore stories from accident, to illness, to the myriad ways we can lose what we love most and outline a footprint for the necessary path to get back to ourselves and life here on earth when all we want to do is to follow our favorite “favorite” to heaven.