Blogging a poem from a friend I’ve not yet met . . .
“Just For Today”
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 his 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,
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 him 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.
~Poem by Vicki Tushingham