Tears on the Expressway: One Widow’s Story

Episode Summary

Mary Hollis understands the importance of connections. Her family, neighbors, and friends provided much-needed support after her firefighter husband, Al, died in 1991. Mary vividly recalls how Al's fellow firefighters honored him at the funeral service. She says receiving the first remembrance card from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation reassured her that the fire service would never forget her and her children. When Mary met other widows in the Atlanta area and realized they did not have the same connections, she started her own community, the Next Chapter Widow’s Ministry.
Grief in Progress
Grief in Progress
Tears on the Expressway: One Widow’s Story
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Grief in Progress
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Meet Mary Hollis of Georgia

Mary Hollis

Mary Hollis

Al's Wife

I am a retired Banking Compliance Officer and the Vice President/ Director & Co-Founder of The Next Chapter Widows’ Ministry. I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and travelling.  This year, I hope to check Hawaii off my bucket list for my birthday.

I carry Al with me by stressing the importance of family and in giving back by serving the community.

Atlanta Fire Department (GA)

Age: 44
Date of Death: June 9, 1991

Alfornia Hollis, worked as a Firefighter and Apparatus Operator for Atlanta Fire Rescue for almost 25 years before he died in the line of duty. Alfornia Hollis was respected throughout the Fire Department for his dedication, hard work and commitment to the mission. He was truly a firefighter’s firefighter. He left behind a loving wife, Mary Hollis, and two children, Alexcia & Allan.

Al was kind, loving, compassionate and loved by many of his fellow firefighters, friends, and family.

Al's family also includes his daughter, Alexcia Hollis-Moore; his son, Allan Charles Hollis; and grandchildren, Josiah, Journee, and Aliani.

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The Next Chapter was created to help women recover from the loss of that special someone- their husband. Widows have no specific identity. You may be young or old, poor or wealthy, with or without children. Your loss could have been expected or sudden. While there are many diverse situations, the common link is the marital relationship that was created, regardless of the years.

The emotional distress can be overwhelming. When someone you have shared secrets with, made love with, laughed with, been angry with, and a host of other scenarios passes, that person is missed. No one can fill that emptiness. Who understands? Who can I talk to?  Who can help me with all the details?

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