One particularly sweet surprise came after I made the following treasury on Etsy as a small pleasure and consolation to myself and in honor of Matthew. I took pleasure in the lovely items and arranging them. But the flood of support and encouragement that began to pour in from friends and strangers alike was unexpected and wonderful. It was also a strong reminder that so many grieve silently...We would never guess from their exterior the losses and loves they hold in their hearts. I learned that many of the artists represented (many of whom I had not known) had experienced the loss of a child.
I've also had an excellent response to an article I wrote for the Handmade for Life blog about miscarriage. I wrote it hoping that the information could help mothers through the challenge of miscarriage and also for those who are in a position to love and support families suffering that loss. If you have any suggestions or information or experiences to add to that subject, please feel free to comment there. www.HandmadeforLife.blogspot.com
I'll close this post with a poem that a woman from Etsy shared with me. It had been given to her following the death of her 35 year old son in an accident. She wrote: "In many ways, his life had just begun too. He'd landed a dream job, was buying a ranch , making enough money to retire at age 40!"
His Journey's Just Begun
Don't think of him as gone away ..
his journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets ..
this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched ..
for nothing loved is ever lost ..
and he was loved so much.