Emilie Halpern On Parenting Through Loss and Breast Cancer

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
10:00 am
10/30/18

Photographed by Nicki Sebastian

While her house is the stuff minimalist dreams are made of, Los Angeles-based artist Emilie Halpern‘s life has been anything but utopian of late. Last year, the mother of a 6-year-old, Harold, lost her husband to suicide. Then, a month later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, she opens up her Japanese-inspired abode and shares her story of love, loss, and life with us. With so many unexpected twists and turns in her path, the grace with which Emilie has handled her lot is truly inspiring. After reading her story, we’re sure you’ll feel the same.

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Alia

I really understand what she said about how her husband didn’t want to end his life, but rather end his pain. When I was a teenager, my stepfather committed suicide. He had suffered from late onset schizophrenia (apparently it’s very rare for this illness to present itself for the first time in a middle aged person) and he was suffering greatly. When he died, if felt as if a huge weight had lifted, not off of us, but off of him. I am so sorry for your loss.

catherine

This was absolutely beautiful. I have been through cancer and raising a child, but not loosing a partner. The strength you have to find for not one, but three of these three things is insurmountable. Thank you for sharing this lovely article with us. Emilie, I just love the way you talk about you and your son and what you love to do together and who you are together. You are a unit and a true inspiration that reminds me what a joy it is to raise a child, and not always a job. Sometimes we all need reminding. :)

Catherine

Ashley

What a beautiful story filled with strength and perspective. I didn’t expect to find wisdom about so many facets of life. Her story is incredibly hard to imagine, but her light shines through. May she continue to find peace and joy in this wild ride. I especially share her Esther Perel sentiment, “Today, we turn to one person to provide what an entire village once did: a sense of grounding, meaning, and continuity. At the same time, we expect our committed relationships to be romantic as well as emotionally and sexually fulfilling. Is it any wonder that so many relationships crumble under the weight of it all?'”

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