A Broken Heart

The world is stunned by the  deaths of Carrie Fisher at 60 and her mother Debbie Reynolds just one day later.

And it should be.

Carrie’s death was undoubtedly hastened by a combination of mental illness that led to addictive behavior that led to physical damage that made her a likely candidate for the early heart attack that took her life.

Each of those contributory factors run amok in our society-often undiagnosed or untreated because of the stigma attached to them.  She was rich, famous and had lots of resources available to her yet was still unable to escape the clutches of addiction until late in life.

Debbie Reynolds died of a broken heart.  The cause of death may be declared “stroke” but any mama who has buried a child knows full well that the moment they told her about Carrie, her heart gave up.

Mine did when I received the news of Dominic.  I wanted nothing more than to lie down and die and make this awful, unbearable pain disappear.

But I didn’t.  And neither do so very many other mothers and fathers-they keep going.

They sweep together the broken shards and bundle them up and choose to fight.

It’s hard.  It’s tiresome.  It’s discouraging and it takes every once of energy they can muster.

It saps the strength of the strongest among us.  

I don’t wish child loss on anyone.

But I do wish that the shock and sorrow the world feels over the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds might raise awareness of how child loss affects parents and siblings left behind.  

Look around.  

There are people in your own life living this horror.  People who are still striving to carry on when they want to give up.

Take their hands,

encourage their hearts,

help them hold on.


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.

6 thoughts on “A Broken Heart”

  1. Shortly after loosing our son my husband began having chest pains. (He had experienced a heart attack previously and the pain was the same). His blood tests indicated damage to his heart, and his heart rhythm was off. After his EKG at his cardiologist office he was told he suffered from “Broken Heart Syndrome.” It’s a very real condition when emotional strain literally damages heart tissue.

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  2. Every day is a struggle. Most nights the last thing I think is I hope I don’t wake up. I miss my son so much my heart physically hurts.
    I am sorry to all who have to live life without their child.

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    1. Yes, it is . It takes so much energy that no one sees behind the scenes. And then folks wonder why we are less able to absorb all the normal daily stress. I’m so sorry you have to carry this load. May you hear the Lord whisper, “Courage, My child” to your hurting heart. ❤


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