I lost my 20 year old son October 12, 2006 and I am so lost without him we did everything together .He was my best friend and my only child. The loss and desperation that I feel cannot be explained. There seems not to be any consoling or relief of the hole that I have in my heart. Bill was so happy his laughter and love of life was contagious, his smile lit a room. He never said a bad word about anyone or anything.My son now rests in the hands of Jesus, and lights the stars and moon at night. God must of needed a hero because he took my son. If anyone wants to share or help with this pain I will gladly listen. thankyou and God Bless Debbie Lee
Dear Debbie,

We are so very sorry for your loss. Losing a child is the hardest thing we ever have to deal with as parents and there is no quick fix for the grieving. The first anniversary of his death is always the hardest and we understand what you are going through right now. This is a time to be gentle with yourself.

It is important that you don?t have to walk the grief path alone and we encourage you to see if there is a Compassionate Friends Group in your area. Each member has lost a child and each grieves in his or her own way ? they know what you are experiencing. You can find them at http://www.compassionatefriends.org/? If groups are not for you, we recommend that you reach out to your family, church, and friends for support.? We have found that the load of grief is lighter when it is not carried alone.

We also invite you to listen on Thursday mornings to the radio show Healing the Grieving Heart? You can find information about it and a link to it on the first page of http://www.thegriefblog.com? You might also find a number of past shows that can give you help and comfort at http://thegriefblog.com/grief-grieving-death-of-a-child/

We have posted your letter on The Grief Blog because we know it can be of help to others who are also grieving the loss of a child.

Blessings,

Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley

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