DDH_ICONS Hurricane Katrina

Douglas P. deSilvey

Losing a family—I don’t think there’s any words for it.

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When you’re a native to the Gulf Coast, you get used to storms—but Hurricane Katrina, of course, was not just another storm. Douglas P. deSilvey was with his closest family members when the roof of their Mississippi home caved in on them, and he lost his wife, daughter, mother-in-law, and father-in-law. A year after such a tragic loss, he’s still trying to put his life back together and figure out what life means now.