Dear Mommas who have experienced the death of a child,
You are not alone. Many of us, way too many of us, have experienced the loss of a child. No matter the age of your child or the cause of her death, this loss is hard. It will change you. But you are not alone.
The holidays are difficult when you have a child in Heaven. Some have trouble decorating or getting into “the holiday spirit”. I understand.
If you are needing help or just want someone to listen, there is a wonderful group of folks who are walking this journey of grief with faith and grace, and who want to walk beside you. They can be found at While We’re Waiting.
While We’re Waiting is a faith-based ministry for bereaved parents. They host weekend retreats for parents, mini retreats for moms and dads, and a Facebook group for parents to share their needs and hope with other parents who have experienced the death of a child. Whether your child was a toddler, pre-born, a teen, young adult or older and married with children of their own, this group can help you deal with the loss of a child. Some have lost children through miscarriage, illness, accidents, overdose, suicide, natural disaster, and even murder. Our children were each unique and their death was unique. But we face similar challenges and emotions. And the solution to our pain is the same: Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.
I am so thankful that a friend introduced me to this group shortly after our son died. They have shared their own grief and encouraged me to fight the good fight, to finish the race. We know that God chose to take our child and left us here with work still to do. This group strives to help bereaved parents live well while waiting for the great reunion in Heaven with our loved ones and with our Savior.
If you are a bereaved parent, please consider joining the Facebook group. And check out their website for retreat dates. http://www.whilewerewaiting.org
With love and prayers for you this holiday season,
An empty-nester who has a son in heaven.