Monday, December 7, 2009

Angel of Hope Park

We had such an amazing night.  The sky was filled with twinkling little stars, the air was crisp and brisk and there was a glow of candles.  It was simply beautiful.  We were surrounded by our family and others who know the pain of losing a child.  It brought us comfort and peace. 

The park was filled with so many people who have lost children.  It is a bond that you never want to share with others but when you find out you do, friendships form.  It gives you comfort to be around others who know pain, sadness, anger, and the hole that is always in your heart.  Usually nothing is said between parents who have lost a child, just a nod of pain and brief smile to show you understand. 

They had a speaker after the outdoor candle vigil at the Angel of Hope park at a nearby church.  He talked about how you must love the people that are still here with us, to hug them, and tell them that you love them. He talked about how grief never goes away but it simply becomes a part of who you are.  And that those Angels that we miss are always showing us signs that they are with us.  We just have to watch for them.  His message was special and touching to all bereaved parents.

I love the new tradition that Ryan and I started last night on December 6th.  We will be there next year holding our candles, holding our white flowers and still holding on to each other.


Christie O. said...

Beautiful post. *hugs*

Heidi said...

What a beautiful way to honor Ella..I wish Geo and I could have been there. Thinking of you and Ryan. Much love

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

What a beautiful tradition. And Ella's grave marker is beautiful. Thinking of you guys - as always!

Meg said...

this is so beautiful!!! ella is so lucky to have you as her parents! :) hugs

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