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What a very sad day at Smile Again Ministries. Our little mascot, Choco, died today. He was diagnosed a couple weeks ago with an inoperable tumor on his spine. The cancerous tumor was preventing him from being able to stand or walk. He just turned 11 years old on Dec. 1.
Choco has become the friend of many of the families that have come to Smile Again Ministries after the death of a child. In fact, that’s why we got Choco in the first place – to help us bridge the gap with surviving siblings and their grief. And he did it well.
Judy and I are finding ourselves grieving for our little friend. It’s amazing that such a tiny dog can become such a huge part of our family and our extended family. We’re going to miss his energy and wagging tail. He was my little buddy…
One of the realities for families that have lost a child is the fact that our hearts are actually broken. We have heard over and over again from families that have been to Smile Again Ministries that there is a physical pain in our chest - where our heart rests.
How does a broken heart mend? Well, let us say right away, that broken hearts take time to mend. There is NO easy fix. No magic words that make all the pain go away. No single moment in time when the healing is complete. BUT, healing can take place.
Judy and I have found that talking with other broken hearted people brings healing. We tell other moms and dads, “Yes, we experienced the same pain in our chests. Yes we know what it’s like to wake up and wish you could just hide away for the rest of your life. We know.”
There’s one thing for sure, broken hearts need help to mend. That’s what Judy and I do. We help people with broken hearts. We don’t have all the answers. For some questions there are no answers. But there are steps you can take if your heart is broken today.
We have immediate openings for families to come to Whitetail Lodge. We can tell you with full confidence that we’ll do everything we can to help your broken heart to beat again. To hope again. To find joy again. To live again.
If you’ve lost a child and your heart needs mending contact us today and set up a time when we can meet and begin the process to mend your heart. Head to our website at www.smileagainministries.com to book a visit today. If you have a friend whose heart is broken please let them know about Smile Again Ministries. God bless, love you, Pat & Judy