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My Child  

This poem explains some of what we as parents feel when we lose our child.  We hope it sheds some light on the feelings of a bereaved parent.

My Child

You don't know how I feel, please don't tell me that you do.
There's just one way to know, have you lost a child too?
You'll have another baby, must I hear this every day?
Can I get another mother, too, if mine should pass away?

Don't say it was "God's will", for that is not the God I know.
Would God on purpose break my heart, then watch as my tears flow?
"You have an angel now in Heaven, a precious child above."
But, tell me, to whom here on earth shall I give this love?

"Aren't you better yet?" Is that what I heard you say?
No! A part of me is gone, and I will always feel this way.
Perhaps you think your silence will help to ease my pain.
But I want to talk about the child I'll never hold again.

Don't say those things to me, although I know you do mean well.
They do not take my pain away; I must go through this hell.
I will get better sure, yet slow, and it helps to have you near,
But"I'm sorry that you lost a child" is all I have to hear.

You Didn't Go Alone  

You never said I'm leaving,
You never said good-bye,
You were gone before we knew it,
And only God knew why.

A million times we've needed you,
A million times we've cried,
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.

In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still,
In our hearts you hold a place,
That know one could ever fill!

It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn't go alone,
For all our love went with you,
The day God took you home.

A poem read a Brad's funeral service  

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me...

When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see

If the sun should rise and find your eyes filled with tears for me

I wish so much you would not cry the way you did today

While thinking of the many things we did not get to say

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you

And each time that you think of me, please try to understand

That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand

And said my place was ready, in Heaven far above

And that I would have to leave behind all those I dearly love

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye

For all my life, I had always thought, I did not want to die

I had so much to live for, so much left to do

It seemed almost impossible, that I was leaving you

I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad

I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had

If I could relive yesterday, just even for awhile

I would say good-bye and kiss you, and maybe see you smile

But then I fully realized that this could never be

For emptiness and memories would take the place of me

And then I thought of wordly things I may miss come tomorrow

I thought of you, and when I did, my head was filled with sorrow

But when I walked through Heaven's gates, I felt so much at home

When God looked down and smiled at me from his great golden throne

He said this is eternity, and all I have promised you

Today your life on Earth is past, but here is where life starts anew

I can promise you no tomorrow, but today will always last

And since each day is the same way there is no longing for the past

You have been so faithful, so trusting, and so true

Though there some time you did some things you knew you shouldn't do

But you have been forgiven and now you are free

So won't you take my hand and share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me, do not think we are far apart

For each time that you think of me, I am right here in you heart

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