July 3 is National Bereaved Parents Day
Have you encountered someone who had a life changing impact upon your heart? Perhaps you can count that number on one hand. Some people impact our life through their example and lifestyle. Others have a powerful impact because of their death.
Her name is Emma Grace. She died almost 15 years ago. Emma Grace lived less than 30 minutes after her birth, but that event changed my life forever. Her mom is a special young lady I have known since she was a teenag...er. Over the years I have laughed with this family, and wept with them.
What did I learn from Emma Grace? I witnessed the unconditional love of a family, I felt the intense pain of lost hopes and dreams. There was a peace that only God could give in the midst of helplessness. There was comfort that Emma Grace was in God's hands. I knew I would never be the same. I knew this family would never be the same....their heart had been ripped out.
July 3rd, 2020, is National Bereaved Parents Day.
There are parents who are very vocal about the death of their child, other parents carry a silent burden. If you are a bereaved parent I am sorry you know that pain. Please find a safe friend, or counselor, who will allow you to talk about your loss, to express your grief, to cry, and even scream when words are not adequate.
You will carry this loss to your grave. I am confident grief can become softer as it is shared, it becomes mourning. There are supportive people in groups and organizations across our country who will help carry your grief.
I am here...I will hear your heart...I will help you find support. It will be your choice to reach out. You are not alone.
Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
"JESUS: The CRUCIFIED CAREGIVER"
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