grieving loss

‘We kissed our girl, told her we loved her to the moon and back. Less than an hour later, her slim body was bloated beyond recognition.’: Parents rally for change after losing daughter to summer camp negligence

“Golden, silky hair had dried like straw. Once radiant skin went waxy-blue. We sang, ‘you are my sunshine, my only sunshine’ one last time before we walked away from our baby’s body, never again able to hug her, to kiss her, to see her become the remarkable woman we knew she would one day become. The day Roxie died was the day three lives ended, all because a summer camp did not honor a basic promise — to keep our baby safe.”

‘My son came to me in a dream after he died. ‘Mom, stop looking for me. You won’t find the me that was. I am alive in everyone around you. I am always with you.’: Mom of 4 loses firstborn son to suicide, gets touching winks from afterlife

“When we lowered his casket into the ground, a butterfly followed it in, and flew out as soon as the casket was laid down. It was evident to everyone who witnessed it; he lived life so big, and he would live as big on the other side. And so began his larger-than-life journey.”

‘Is this actually happening?’ We watched our beloved home go up in flames as we stood in disbelief. All our possessions were gone.’: Mom details losing home to fire, ‘We’re looking for silver linings through the grief’

“While attempting to get my daughter Paige back to sleep, my 4-year-old, Mackenzie, woke. ‘Great,’ I thought, ‘This is going to be a long day.’ Little did I know, just 5 minutes later I’d be scooping these tiny humans up in my arms and rushing out the front door while thick, black smoke engulfed us.”

‘I’m trying to hold on for you and the boys. I’m so tired,’ he said. We had so much hope.’: Widow asks friends and family to write letters to twin sons from late husband, ‘They will know how great their father was’

“When I was seven months pregnant, Justin’s health rapidly declined. ‘I don’t know how much strength I have left.’ I think he knew it was time. I wish he wrote letters to the boys, but we never lived a day thinking he would die. I think that was the best way to live.”

‘If I was in England, I’d go out with you!’ He messaged me instantly. My heart was beating across an ocean.’: Widow celebrates 8-year anniversary of meeting late husband, ‘He showed me what real happiness was’

“I drove to the airport that day with my hands shaking. He was pushing his luggage cart towards me with the biggest smile I’ve ever seen. You know in the movies where everything goes slow motion and the music starts and the rest of the world falls away and the people seem like the only two on the planet? THAT. EXACTLY.”

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