Matt knew that he couldn’t allow himself to become consumed with grief. His daughter needed him. To combat the loneliness he felt from having to go it alone, then, he turned to a parenting forum hosted by the Minnesota Star Tribune in his old hometown – and it turned into the outlet that he needed.
Matt’s blog, which had originally started as a home for his and Liz’s passion for travel, took on a new life. Matt would pour his heart out over what had happened: “Liz’s death has really f***ed me up,” he posted in April 2008. Sometimes, he’d seek the advice and support that was missing from Liz not being there.