How are you balancing your music with the grieving process?

Michael Sweet: When Kyle was diagnosed two years ago, we basically started grieving then. Because we did that together, it made it a little easier to move forward at times, like going on tour with Boston. She gave me her blessing, encouragement and really pushed me along in making that decision. Now she's gone, but I feel like the past two years have been such a low that I feel now like it's time to pick up the pieces and move forward. People tell me not to do anything, but staying busy is the way I'm dealing with it.

How are your kids taking it?

Sweet: Tough, really tough. I'm constantly trying to encourage them through the whole recovery. We're all battling it and we could go in our rooms, close the doors and all just stay there. But I feel the need to stay busy and active, because when I'm not, I feel like I'm going to lose my mind. The same goes for my kids. My 22-year-old son and his band Flight Patterns are opening the next Stryper tour. When I asked him, his chin just about hit the floor and his eyes popped out of his head. I see him with new purpose now and it's pulled him out of his shell. My daughter, a senior in high school, is a dancer and is home schooled. She's coming out on the tour as well, working on school during the day and probably handling merchandise at night. It's going to keep her active and busy, which is so important so we don't just sit around and dwell on things.

What's been your most poignant observation during this period? Sweet: It's made me realize how precious life is and how short life is. Life is a gift, but sometimes we abuse it because we don't seize every opportunity or moment in the way God intends us to. So many times we take ...

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