It Takes a Lifetime

I was reminded once again this week how the events surrounding death and burial are inadequate indicators of the profound change that has taken place in the lives of those left behind.

Standing at the graveside of a precious friend’s father, I remembered watching Dominic’s earthly shell lowered beneath the ground.

I was wholly unprepared for the days and weeks and months that followed.

No one had told me it was only a beginningLoving Well: Transitioning From “Good-bye” to Grief




Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

2 thoughts on “It Takes a Lifetime”

  1. Thank you for sharing this post. My 11 year old son died in a car accident 2 months ago and every word that you wrote was like you reading my mind. I feel all of these emotions and I take comfort connecting with other moms (parents) that feel these things too. I feel like the shock to my body has changed my senses and like you say, you can’t be in a crowd. I feel sensory overload in a crowd and too much noise causes anxiety…I am continuously praying and feeling the love from God and keeping my faith alive, but at the same time, it is so hard to be away from my son physically.

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    1. I am so very sorry for your loss Cherie. It is HARD. No way around it. And we just don’t talk about death in our society nor do we really acknowledge how much time it takes to simply absorb the fact that our child is no longer within reach. It takes so much work and it is exhausting. I pray that you have at least one safe friend outside your immediate grief circle that is willing to support you as you do the work necessary. May the LORD overwhelm your heart with His love, grace and mercy. You. are. not. alone.


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