Reblogging this post to link up with Catholic Sistas for National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. My niece and her husband lost their 7 month old son to accidental drowning in December 2012. By extension my big local family suffered this loss as well. In the days after Marcus died, I wrote this piece to memorialize my sweet great nephew.
Two weeks ago I began a journey of remember how important it is to appreciate those I love. 20 children were taken from their families in Newtown, Connecticut. Stealing the shared memories and love from the families and friends. I found myself knowing how necessary it is to love and appreciating my kids. To tell them and show them as often as possible.
Sunday, I was pulled soundly to the front and center of the road when a blow fell far closer to home. One of the metaphors for a loved one is to compare them to a bright shining light. When we lose a family member or friend we talk of the light flickering out or ceasing to shine. A very dark veil descended over my family last night when we received frantic, tragic phone calls inciting hurried trips to the hospital where our beautiful boy, my seven month…
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