Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Different Easter

From our family to yours, may you find peace and joy this easter season and I truly hope that a spark of hope will awaken in each of us, reminding us that there is life eternal and that our children will be there to welcome us when it's our time...Cherie Houston

A DIFFERENT EASTER ~ by Chris Gilbert, TCF, Tampa, Florida

Easter bunnies, brand new clothes, egg hunts, candy and baskets, the start of Spring. How exciting is this time of year? A new beginning, everything so fresh, so invigorating! But, unfortunately only painful and sorrowful memories are here for those of us who are bereaved parents and grandparents.
Gone is the laughter, the excitement in a special child’s eyes, the feeling of a whole new aspect in life. Spring is here and the world appears ready to bloom again with new life, new hope, and new wonders.
How can we view life in this way when part of ourselves is now gone, forever lost to us? How can our lives continue to go on when one of us is missing, no longer able to share this “newness” of life? It seems so unfair! And yet, out of our “darkness” comes the first signs of hope – a “bud” of survival, a moment of laughter, a memory of a happier time.
The Easter season usually represents rebirth; let this season be the “birth” of your finding your way back to life again, of finding the ability to heal, and of being able to resolve your grief so that hope and comfort are once again in your life. 

Let this time of the year show you that you CAN make it through this deepest, most difficult, and sorrowful time of your lives.  And your angel child will be there to help you each step of the way.

1 comment:

  1. Cherie, I haven't lost a child, but my best friend did back in September, 2005. I sent her the blog address in hopes she finds comfort and understanding with your blog.

    Easter was painful for me because that was the 9th anniversary of my daddy going to Heaven.

    Recently I watched an older video with him in it and was so happy to hear his voice. How I miss my daddy...every year that passes by I miss him even more.

    Thank you for your blog.