Yesterday was the anniversary of my very first post on this blog. One whole year of sharing my son and this journey with you all. Sometimes I can’t believe I survived it. I started writing as a way to get the anger and the sadness out. Nothing ever helped with the missing of my boy, but through my words and my story I found a community that has buoyed me up and along and helped to keep me grounded.
I honestly don’t know where I would be right now without you – yes you. The people who read my words and share their own, the people who offer up encouragement and advice and kinship. The people who abide with me through my grief and those who are also grieving. Those who don’t know the pain of losing a child, but are here trying to understand the huge rollercoaster that I (or maybe somebody else that you know) am going through.
I hope that my words and feelings have helped or inspired people along the way. I hope that this space has done for others what so many other blogs have done for me: offered a place of understanding and also of hope for the future.
I would love it if you would let me know in a comment or an email if this blog has touched you in some way. Share with me what it has meant for you to read about Finley’s life. Let me know if my words have helped you or comforted you or even given you an insight into a part of life that not many people are willing to acknowledge. It is so nice to receive encouragement and to know the positive things that this tragedy may be doing for others. Please please let me know.