Stories by Shanette Booker


img-description
Happy Birthday Marines!

I never understood the family bond of the Marines until I attended the ball with Dre and watched the history unfold before my eyes.

11/10/2015 - Shanette Booker
img-description
His Big Race

Running for Dre was more than just a great workout or a sport, it was a way of life.

10/11/2015 - Shanette Booker
img-description
He Lives

He lives with each breath I take and with each person who hears his story and learns of his legacy.

6/9/2015 - Shanette Booker
img-description
It's a Title, Not a Life Sentence

I am a widow. It's not who I am; it is what I am, and I am also a proud mother, a great sister, wonderful friend, and still the wife of the late Andre Booker.

2/17/2015 - Shanette Booker
img-description
Is It Ok?

IT IS OK. Continue living for you and honoring them. The way I see it is it's your life and you have to continue living it, no one else…

10/13/2014 - Shanette Booker
img-description
I Was Married. I'm Widowed. I'm Still Married.

He was a tall caramel complexioned man. His smile lit up when he walked into the room.

6/30/2014 - Shanette Booker
img-description
The Holidays Aren't Over . . . Yet

My holiday season is over after all the rose petals have fallen and the boxes of chocolate hearts are empty.

2/10/2014 - Shanette Booker
img-description
I Know He's Dead, But...

Just because someone had died, that doesn't mean I can’t keep his memory alive, or that I can’t keep honoring him the way I choose to.

12/17/2013 - Shanette Booker
img-description
Year 2 is Round 2

August 19, 2011 technically was the day death did do us part, but I don’t think that physical death counts…the love between us still lives after August 19, 2011!

8/25/2013 - Shanette Booker
img-description
What about the Children

I went a whole year like that…not intentionally, but it happened. I avoided their loss. I couldn't believe it.

7/22/2013 - Shanette Booker
img-description
Comfort Zones

It was time I picked myself up, say a last and final goodbye to my comfort zones, and live the next days of my life smiling happily, and free.

6/2/2013 - Shanette Booker
img-description
A New Year = A New Grief?

It’s yet another year beginning without our loved ones...and yet another year ending without them.

1/21/2013 - Shanette Booker
img-description
I Came, I Saw, I Healed

This year was my first time attending the TAPS Suicide Survivor Seminar, and it is an experience like no other.

11/26/2012 - Shanette Booker
img-description
The Day Before Our Last Day

I didn’t take into account the day before the “Last Day” of our lives. It hit me harder than a ton of metaphorical bricks.

9/5/2012 - Shanette Booker
img-description
Wait...What was the cause of death?

I truly believe that his death was not a suicide but indeed a Medicinally Induced Death.

7/8/2012 - Shanette Booker
img-description
Knowing the Pain Is Not Like Understanding the Pain

We must realize that our friends and family are just trying to figure out how to help us cope with our loss and that they do genuinely care and love us.

6/4/2012 - Shanette Booker
img-description
Introducing Shanette Booker

I would like to welcome you to my world of wonder, wisdom, and widowhood. I am Mrs. Shanette Booker, wife of USMC Sgt. /USARMYSSG.

4/20/2012 - Shanette Booker