It’s been 130 months, 567 weeks or 3,970 days since I lost my son. While time moves furiously fast and forward, the grief just never gets old. To the average Joe or Jane, who has never experienced the loss of a child, it all probably seems crazy or needy or both to keep writing about loss. They see us grievers as stuck in the past. Honestly, I am a little bit jealous of those who are able to move on, but to the parent who has suffered the loss of a child, I know you get it. We don’t want our child’s narrative to end. William can’t just be that guy who got killed in a car accident…end of story. So, I keep celebrating him in whatever ways I can.
More Ways To Celebrate A Life
- host or participate in a fund-raiser honoring your child
- plant a tree
- create or contribute to a scholarship
- volunteer your time to a worthy cause
- place a commemorative bench
Recently, two additional opportunities came my way. Yay! More ways to celebrate.
The first is from a dad celebrating the loss of his daughter by writing a book in her honor. The title of the book is, A Journey We Share. His goal is to publish the book with personal stories to comfort grieving parents and families. He requested I share a bit about William’s story along with some words of encouragement. William’s tale will be 1 page in the book. He continues to collect stories, so I am spreading the word. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our loved ones, so if you, too, have a story to share check out A Journey We Share
The second opportunity to celebrate William took me completely by surprise. I feel like my blog is such a tiny drop in an enormous ocean. It amazes me when a complete stranger finds it, reads it and thinks it has value. I will be volunteering with a grief counseling foundation doing some fun zoom cooking classes with families who have lost a child. For me, it’s a great opportunity to learn some new technology while sharing my way of coping with loss. Our first class will feature William’s favorite Crispy Coconut Chicken Dippers with Wowee Maui Mustard.
Thanks! It’s a cool book.
While William’s physical body is no longer on earth, he lives on with all you do for others with your words and actions, Love you my friend.
Thanks dear friend. I have been very lucky to have a variety of ways to celebrate him and keep him present.
Beautiful Lisa. I am honored to call you friend and I am in awe of your fortitude and strength. You continue to touch so many lives with your sharing and reaching out to those who are experiencing a grief that is inconceivable. Your William stands beside you. ♥️
Awe thanks Cathy. You have always been there for me. I love that photo of us walking in his honor and all heroes.
You’re an inspiration to all of us.
I appreciate your kindness and support always in all that we do.