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Hope

 

Hope is a word that every hurting heart

understands. Hope shines brighter than

the brightest star on the darkest night.

 

Faith is bigger than the highest mountain.

And God is greater than any obstacle in your path.

Anything can be accomplished by those who fully

put their hearts into it.

 

The time to start is now the place to start is here.

May hope cast its special light upon your path and God

bless everything you touch in the hours, days, and moments still to come.

 

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A friend heard this, and sent it on to me.  I think it's absolutely incredible.  I hope you agree...

 

If before you were born, I could have gone to Heaven and saw all the beautiful souls, I still would have chosen you.

If God had told me, "this soul will one day need extra care and needs", I still would have chosen you...

If He had told me, "that one day this soul may make my heart bleed", I still would have chosen you...

If He had told me, "this soul would make me question the depth of my faith", I still would have chosen you...

If He had told me, "this soul would make tears flow from my eyes that would overflow a river", I still would have chosen you...

If He had told me, "our time spent together here on earth could be short", I still would have chosen you..

If He had told me, "this soul may one day make me witness overbearing suffering", I still would have chosen you...

If He had told me, "all that you know to be normal would drastically change", I still would have chosen you...

Of course, even though I would have chosen you, I know it was God who chose me for you...

Thank you God for letting me be his Mommy…

 

 

 

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New Year's Resolutions For Bereaved Parents

 

I resolve...  

That I will grieve as much, and for as long, as I feel like grieving, and that I will not let others put a time table on my grief.

 

That I will grieve in whatever way I feel like grieving, and I will ignore those who try to tell me what I should or should not be feeling and how I should or should not be behaving.

 

That I will cry whenever and wherever I feel like crying, and that I will not hold  back my tears just because someone else feels I should be "brave" or "getting better" or "healing by now."

 

That I will talk about my child as often as I want to, and that I will not let others turn me off just because they can't deal with their own feelings.

 

That I will not expect family and friends to know how I feel, understanding that one who has not lost a child cannot possibly know how it feels.

 

 That I will not blame myself for my child's death,  and that  I will constantly remind myself that I did the best job of parenting I could possibly have done.But when feelings of guilt areoverwhelming, I will remind myself that this is a normal part of the grief process and it, too, will pass.

 

That I will not be afraid or ashamed to seek professional help if I feel it is necessary.

 

That I will commune with my child at least once a day in whatever way feels comfortable and natural to me, and that  I won't feel compelled to explain this communion to others or to justify or even discuss it with them.

 

 That I will try to eat, sleep, and exercise every day in order to give my body the strength it will need to help me cope with my grief.

 

To know that I am not losing my mind, and I will remind myself that loss of memory, feelings of disorientation, lack of energy, and a sense of vulnerability are all normal parts of the grief process

 

To know that I will heal, even though it may take a long time.To let myself heal and not to feel guilty about feeling better.

 

 To remind myself that the grief process is circuitous - that is, I will not make steady upward progress.  And when I find myself slipping back into the old moods of despair and depression, I will tell myself that 'slipping backward" is also a normal part of the grief process and these moods, too, will pass.

 

 

 

To try to be happy about something for some part of every day, knowing that at

first, I may have to force myself to think cheerful thoughts, so eventually they

may become a habit

 

That I will reach out at times, and try to help someone else, knowing that helping others will help me to get over my depression.

 

That even though my child is dead, I will opt for life, knowing that is what my child would want me to do.

 

Nancy A. Mower

TCF - Honolulu, HI

 

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"Grief isn't a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith---it is the price of love."

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