I wrote this early today. I posted it the private Facebook group “While We’re Waiting -Support for Bereaved Parents”. I’m sharing it here for any grieving parents who may need the information.
So many new members of our fraternity in the past months. I’m sorry you are all here, on this road of grief. I’m sorry you are facing a lifetime without your precious child. I’m sorry you know a grief like no other.
I’m glad you found While We’re Waiting! This group of faith-filled grieving parents have become family for me. They love me, pray for me, laugh with me, cry with me, and encourage me. They have made this task doable. They have made this road smoother. They have made life livable. They will do the same for you if you let them.
Read the posts. Comment if you choose. Share your story. We love seeing pictures of your child. We love reading about good things happening in your life – ways that God has worked in the midst of your grief – as well. Ask questions; there is wisdom available to you from those who are farther down this road and who have found how to have peace and joy once again.
And pray! Pray for each of us. Pray for hurting families to be made whole, despite the void left by the death of our children, and to find peace and joy in Jesus. Pray for the founders and board members. Pray for the leaders of the support group meetings. Pray that God will lift up mature, godly leaders so this ministry may reach more hurting families and help them find healing here on earth and eternal life.
Attend the monthly meetings if and when you can. Ron Duncan and I have gone out of our way to travel many hours to get to meetings. It is worth it every time. Attend a parents weekend or mini retreat. You will blessed and touched by God. You will make new friends.
Reach out to other grieving parents. You can help them heal. And in helping them, you help yourself heal just a little bit more.
Support WWW financially if you are able. Most everything this ministry does is free of charge to participants, but there is a cost. We who are able should help financially. And if you are not able, pray for provision.
I am facing our third year without Andrew. I still hurt. I still grieve. I still miss and love my son. I always will. But the grief road has been much smoother because of this ministry and because of my WWW friends. I am facing Andrew’s birthday tomorrow knowing I will be lifted up to Father and with joy in my sweet memories rather than fear of the future.
Thank you. Thank you to the Browns and Sullivans for being obedient to start WWW. And thank you all for loving me.
Thank you, Jesus, for eternal life and for loving and saving my son. Amen.
If you know someone who lost a child of any age to any cause, please share this post with them. If you have experienced the death of a child, please seek help. Joy and peace can be found. Healing us available in Christ. It is not easy. It is not quick. It is not simple. But it is available.