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For Amiel

I am literally at a loss for words. A grade 4 pupil at the Ateneo died from a freak accident in the school’s parking lot. His name was Amiel.

I heard about this earlier tonight over dinner. I finally got to read the news articles when I got home and I was just so saddened at the tragedy. My prayers go to the Alcantara family. I cannot start to imagine how it feels to lose someone so young. I pray and hope that you recover from this tragedy. It will take time but God heals all wounds.

A prayer for the mom–the driver of the van which crushed Amiel. Nobody could know the kind of burden she must feel for being part of this. May she and her family have the strength to heal from this.

Just For Today For Bereaved Parents

Just for today I will try to live through the next 24 hours
and not expect to get over my child’s death,
but instead learn to live with it, just one day at a time.
Just for today I will remember my child’s life, not just her death,
and bask in the comfort of all those treasured days
and moments we shared.

Just for today I will forgive all the family and friends
who didn’t help or comfort me the way I needed them to.
They truly did not know how.

Just for today I will smile no matter how much I hurt on the inside,
for maybe if I smile a little,
my heart will soften and I will begin to heal.

Just for today I will reach out to comfort a relative or friend of my child,
for they are hurting too,
and perhaps we can help each other.

Just for today I will free myself from my self-inflicted burden of guilt,
for deep in my heart I know if there was anything in this world
I could of done to save my child from death,
I would of done it.

Just for today I will honor my child’s memory
by doing something with another child
because I know that would make my own child proud.

Just for today I will offer my hand in friendship
to another bereaved parent
for I do know how they feel.

Just for today when my heart feels like breaking,
I will stop and remember that grief is the price we pay for loving
and the only reason I hurt is because
I had the privilege of loving so much

Just for today I will not compare myself with others.
I am fortunate to be who I am
and have had my child for as long as I did.

Just for today I will allow myself to be happy,
for I know that I am not deserting her by living on.

Just for today I will accept that I did not die when my child did,
my life did go on,
and I am the only one who can make that life worthwhile once more.
~~~~Vicki Tushingham

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  1. angeli
    March 1, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    beautiful. hope this helps all those who need to read it.

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