I met Erica Herd, who blogged on Open as "Erica K.", at the big, lovely meet-up in Manhattan in 2012.  I was impressed by how kind she was - and how impeccably coiffed.  

Those of you who read her at Open, and/or who followed her to her Word Press blog, Suburban Hobo,  probably know about her warmth and compelling writing.  Some of you may have attended performances of Alzheimer's Blues, a play she co-wrote with her husband, and in which she starred, about her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's. 

Sadly, with the passage of time, as well as Open's dissolution, Erica is one of the people I'd more or less lost touch with.  Recently, though, I received an email from Richard (aka Cranky), telling me that she'd lost her husband in a car accident en route to their new home in Savannah (they were moving from New Jersey).

The news was shocking and terrible, and I reached out to Erica immediately and got a shattered email back.  Yesterday, Erica posted in clear, brutal detail, about what happened.  

It turns out that, in addition to losing Lorin, her husband, she also lost four of her five beloved cats.  

So much loss is unspeakable.  It was like a punch in the stomach to read.  I think OSer Matt Paust put it best in the comments there: "This just whacked the living hell out of me."

I know we're a tight community here, and that there could be people who read and were in touch with Erica back in the day - or even now - who didn't know about this. I asked Richard if he thought Erica would be all right with my sharing the news and the link to her post and he said he thought that would be fine.  So that's why I'm here with this horrible news.  I'm sorry to be sharing it, and sorry above all for Erica and her family.  

 

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 25, 2016 at 4:21pm

Cruel. 

May she, somehow, heal.

Comment by Zanelle on October 25, 2016 at 5:15pm

Oh I remember her.  Thank you for the info and I will reach out to her with a hug.  Horrific.  We forget that life on this planet is very fragile.  

Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 25, 2016 at 6:09pm

Please extend our condolences.

Comment by nerd cred on October 25, 2016 at 6:46pm

I remember her. I'm so sorry. How awful for her and her family. Wishing healing and all the best.

Comment by greenheron on October 25, 2016 at 7:06pm

I didn't know Erica, but that's a tragic story! I'm sorry for all her losses. Wishing her all the love and support she needs.

Comment by Dharmabummer on October 26, 2016 at 7:36am

What a horrific tragedy! I read her blog post and I cannot shake the images of it from my head. That poor woman. I hope that if you learn of any crowd-funding or group condolence- type thing forming you will share it here. 

Comment by Theodora L'Engle Knight on October 28, 2016 at 8:16pm

oh my god, i don't know you or her but that is a horrific and devastating set of losses. i've lost a husband and several cats. i can't claim to know how she is feeling and doing but i do have a little bit of an idea. i am sending her love and light. cocoa chanel is sending her love and licks. and gary cooper the gigantic kitty usually sends nothing because he is a Cat but, today, he is sending a few mournful meows. more than a few.

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