Photo Friday: Public Expression of Grief

Ghost Bike

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I took this photograph as I was walking to Georgetown and noticed the Ghost Bike placed in Dupont Circle by the Washington Area Bicycling Association. The ghost bike was placed in a ceremony on July 10 (more information here) following the death of 22-year old Alice Swanson, who was killed by a garbage truck while riding her bike to work on July 9, 2008, in Dupont Circle.

As I walked by, I noticed the words written on the tire by Alice’s mother. They had an impact on me. They will on you too. Click on the image to see them for yourself.

Cyclist Struck Here, originally uploaded by M.V. Jantzen.


I AM SO SORRY FOR THIS MOTHER,AND HER FAMILY, I also have lost a child and my heart aches for this family, I am a chapter leader for The Compassionate Friends, If anyone would like to know more about the support group, please contact me

Ted Eytan, MD