Grief, Friendship, Remembrance

John Harwood in for Tom Ashbook

Brendan Ogg was just 20 when he died of cancer. His friends share a remarkable story of friendship and remembrance.

was majoring in English at the University of Michigan when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor during his sophomore year. He died in 2010. (Jackie Ogg)

was majoring in English at the University of Michigan when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor during his sophomore year. He died in 2010. (Jackie Ogg)

Losing loved ones is a universal human experience; millions of Baby Boomers are sharing it now as their parents pass away.

But it’s far different for young adults of Generation Y to lose one of their own.

How do teens and twenty-somethings cope with their grief -– and keep alive memories of those taken so early?

We’ll talk to a mother who lost her son –- and two friends who found comfort and meaning in art.

This hour On Point: Grief, remembrance, and perseverance in the face of heartbreaking loss.

-John Harwood


Jackie Ogg, Brendan’s mother.

Rachel Kopilow, Brendan’s friend

Tommy Hester, Brendan’s friend

Dr. Stuart Goldman, psychiatrist at Children’s Hospital Boston.


You can find out more about Chase,  a film based on the life of Brendan Ogg, here.

Words as Legacy: Words as Legacy honors the life and work of Diane Granat Yalowitz and Brendan Ogg. Both were gifted writers. Both lost their lives to brain cancer. And both lived in the same community of friends.

Click here to view a trailer from the movie Chase

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