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So often Judy and I hear people who have not lost a child, talking about people who have, saying things like, “They just aren’t themselves anymore.” And those people are absolutely right!
When a mom or dad loses a child their whole life changes! Priorities change. Career satisfaction often changes. Marriages are affected. Surviving siblings flounder. An empty spot at the dinner table screams out “NEW NORM!”
The image above talks about spending your life on a new level. New level, new norm, whatever term you use, it’s true. The grief journey after the loss of a child is a lifetime journey. That’s not to say that the initial grief and struggles don’t soften over time, they do. But there is a scar on the heart that reminds us every time we look in the mirror that something has changed. A piece is missing.
If you’ve lost a child know that every other parent that has lost a child is feeling the loss too. Literally millions of other moms and dads are walking this journey with you. You may not see them at first, but if you look closely there is often a scar that you will notice that others cannot see. When we hear of your child’s death, our scar aches too. You are not alone. You are simply on a new level.
Once again, Judy and I want to remind those of you who haven’t lost a child, but know of someone who has - reach out to them today. Let them know that you’re willing to walk with them on this new level of their lives. Some days we just need a fellow traveler on this journey we call grief. God bless, and know that Judy and I love you!
Parents of special needs children often face many challenges. This is the story of one family’s journey together. “Isaac joined our family through adoption right after his first birthday. We immediately fell in love with his beautiful spirit, amazing smile and the light of God that radiated through him. He had already been through many medical challenges when he came to us...a devastating infection had ravaged his brain and robbed him of the ability to walk or talk or eat on his own. We had the privilege of walking him through life until he passed away just before his 7th birthday. Isaac taught us to live fully...to love with everything we've got and most importantly, we learned that the value of life is not dependent on what the world sees as "success" but on simply being a child of God. made fully in His image. We miss our beautiful boy more than anyone can imagine, but we rejoice in the knowledge that he is free...and that we will see him again.” Isaac died Nov. 22, 2015 when he was six years old. (Story used by permission.)
Once again, Smile Again Ministries is holding our Celebration of Life campaign. When you give it enables us to reach out to parents like Isaac’s family, with hope, encouragement, and tools they can use to deal with their grief and loss. This year’s goal is $65,000.00. The GREAT news is that once again we have donors who have committed to match your donation, dollar for dollar up to $15,000! That’s right. For every dollar you give, they will match it with one of their own. So, your gift is doubled up to $15,000. The Celebration of Life campaign runs from today until Dec. 31 of this year.
Did you know that your donations allow families to stay at Whitetail Lodge for just $50 a night. That’s for the entire family that comes. Obviously, we can’t offer this low price without the faithful support of you, our donors. Please consider how much you can give this year. Please share our campaign with all your social media friends. Ask them to join you in giving to Smile Again Ministries. Challenge them to match your gifts to this year’s campaign. You can give right online by going to SAM’s website at www.smileagainministries.com and clicking the Donate tab at the top of our homepage. That will direct you to options for donating online. You can also donate by sending a check to SAM at our address listed on the lower right of this page. Or you can call us, and we can use an easy credit card option over the phone.
Judy and I want to thank you ahead of time on behalf of all the families your gift will help. God bless, Pat and Judy