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Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever...

A mother's love for her son... forever...

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

I’ve had this posted on my facebook status now for a week. You see my dear friend had to say goodbye to her 10-year-old son, who tragically died last weekend, and I feel like I can’t replace it. I have found solace in this simple quote.

Yes, my friend’s beautiful son has passed away. He was strong, funny, athletic, sweet and so so patient with younger children, including my own. He was a joy to everyone who met him and loved life. He will be missed by so many.

I, along with our friends and the entire community, have watched in utter amazement at how very strong and graceful my friend has been when faced with this unbelievable tragedy.

She is a mother. And she had this quiet inner strength which has guided her through this very sad time. She also has two little girls, who clung to her this week, needing her strength. She is grieving, yet she is strong. She has embraced all who have been grieving. She has faced what no mother should have to face... saying goodbye to her precious son, and yet she did so with grace and love.

There is a quote by Linda Wooten, which states, “Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had, and dealing with fears you didn't know existed.” 

She has found her inner strength and come face to face with fear. She has loved her son deeply and is now facing the greatest of all fears imaginable. She has loved him through life and death.

I think all of us who have witnessed her love and strength, can learn from it. Life is indeed precious. Life can be short. And life is what you make of it.

She will always be his mommy, and he her son. This is a bond which does not ever go away. A mother does hold their children’s hearts forever. And he was so very blessed to have my friend as his mommy.

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Shellie Giroux July 12, 2011 at 01:59 AM
Thank you Adria for giving us all words when we are at a loss.
Steve Burke July 12, 2011 at 04:55 AM
This is a beautiful essay and a great tribute. I hurt whenever I think of my friends and their great loss.
Stacey Reicher July 14, 2011 at 12:31 AM
Thank-you for so eloquently capturing the strength, grace and generosity we all experienced as Val allowed us to share in her grief.
Sabrina Mock-Rossi July 14, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Wow Adria! That was so beautifully said - and all so true. I've been in awe of the grace and strength shown by their family, while also witnessing the greatness sadness imaginable.
Lisa Langweil August 09, 2011 at 12:31 PM
thank you for sharing your thoughts and quotes. I have also been in awe with the inner strength, love and grace their family has shown during this time. it has been so wonderful to also see the entire community coming together to help the family in many different ways. I hope their family finds peace and can move forward with community support.Connor was an amazing gift to their family and will always be in their hearts......

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