Support

To the Parent Who Has Lost a Child

July is Bereaved Parents Awareness Month.

It’s a time to show support and love to those we know who have lost a child.

If you haven’t walked through the loss and grief of a child yourself, it can be hard to know what to say to your loved one who is in the midst of the hurt, anguish, and helplessness from the loss of their child. 

It’s gut wrenching and I know most of us would do anything we could to make the pain go away for them, to somehow have the words to say that will ease even a little bit of their suffering. 

The note below originally published on A Bed For My Heart, written by Susi Costello, reminds us that sometimes there are no words adequate enough to say. And that’s okay. 

What I wanted To Say

Today I wrote a note to the mom of a 22 year old girl who died.

I wanted to say don’t believe those other cards. The ones that say “time heals” and “God only takes the best” and “may your sorrows be lessened.” You’ll only be disappointed.

I wanted to say this is the most heart-wrenching, chest crushing, breath stealing tragedy on earth.

I wanted to tell her there will be days she wants to die, and friends who will not understand some of the things she does or says.

I wanted to tell her she will still feel her daughter’s presence at times, sometimes so strongly that it is as if she is dancing just at the edge of whatever activity is going on. And other times she might not feel her presence at all.

I wanted to tell her that her life will not go back, that she will never be the same, because a piece of her left with her daughter.

And that even though the pain does not go away, somehow her soul will eventually make enough room so she can hold it all– the grief, the pain, the joy and the love.

I wanted to tell her… but I didn’t.

Instead, I wrote– I’m sending love, for words are pointless right now.

And that is the truth.