Ask Linda Anything!
Submitted By Anonymous
“Good friends are like angels. You don’t have to see them to know they are there.” This is the wording on a pillow I received this afternoon from my best friend, Mary after not seeing each other for awhile. But wait!
Little did we know what this would mean until “Amazing Grace” interrupted the pop song playing over the speaker system in the restaurant. That’s not all, it was a version on bagpipes! We both stopped in mid- girl talk, confused.
I said, “Amazing grace?” that song makes me cry and she said, “that was the song they played at my Dad’s funeral when I was 15… and they played it on bagpipes. As soon as she said that, the song switched back to the pop song…and her eyes filled with tears and so did mine. I was amazed….by grace! She had not heard the song like this for 20 years. We were talking about purpose and sacrifice at the time.
It felt very natural for me to say, “How do you like that, your Dad is telling you that you are on the right track!” And, that is what we will believe about this day forever.
I just read an email that made me think of my third child’s twin that I miscarried. I always tell my daughter who is now 17 that I believe her sister is still around her. We both are comforted by this belief. Read this woman’s story below. I’ll have to review her book.
CSZ: Hanover, MA 02339
Inspired by the loss of my father as a toddler, I went on to write an illustrated bereavement book for children that I published and have seen, felt and heard the impact of in the lives of those who have read and embraced its message: Love doesn't end when life does. Reaffirmed and motivated again by personal tragedy last summer after having a miscarraige at 19 weeks and facing major publishing setbacks due to the timing of my personal loss, I was able to close a deal with Barnes & Noble, as well as continue to promote and give back to charitable organizations like Camp Angel Wings - a non profit bereavement camp. Part of living is loss, and I'd love to share my story details with your readers... I'd like to share one story in closing - I was at a rolling stones concert in Boston last august shortly after my loss, and started a conversation with the woman next to me, she asked if I had children, I said, yes, 2 little girls, when I asked her she replied, I lost a baby last month. I was quick to share that we were in good company then, as we'd also lost a baby, our first boy. I asked her for her address and told her I'd like to send her a comforting gift, my book, and as life would have it, she was the administrative assitant for the CFO of Houghton Mifflin. She called me after reading the book to say that our meeting was certainly not by chance, as she believed that her baby and mine conspired to get me to go to the concert as I'd intended to sell those tickets, so that I could share this book with her, and she could know that her baby was ALWAYS with her, that his or her energy was always going to be with her and it gave her great pause and hope to know that the way to love that child was to remem ber and celebrate the moments she had with it, albeit brief. We have become quite close since, and despite another loss, she carries herself with grace and the knowledge that her babies are always with her, as is mine. Best regards, Kristen
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