Supporting grieving parents and friends
I can't comprehend the pain that the family is feeling, on this first birthday that they celebrate without Branden. I can only know the pain in my chest; blink away the frequent tears that fill my eyes; swallow the lump in my throat that keeps me from speaking. As a Christian, I know that Branden is where we all hope to be--surrounded by love and peace in Heaven. I do believe he is in our hearts and a part of our lives. As long as we have the memories of his goofy smile, his bright red overlong hair, and his quick happy wit, we have a piece of him always with us.
But that doesn't fill the empty space at the table, or in his saddle, or in his parents' hearts. As his family finds the strength to keep living, I can only pray that they find peace knowing that Branden is nearby. I grieve for them and with them, and with all other parents who have buried a child. I can't know the true pain that you are feeling, but I grieve for you today. Through this tragedy, I have met many people who have lost a child and they tell me that the pain never leaves, but you learn to incorporate it into your life. My hope is that each grieving family member or friend is surrounded by caring, supporting people to share their grief and understand their pain.
All I can do is to say that you are not alone...we are here, and so is Branden.