Join me on a journey of life after loss. Find renewed hope, encouragement, and strength by linking arms with others who are traveling this path.
In 2014, our daughter, age 36, died from a massive heart attack. Although she had been experiencing some health issues, a heart problem was not known to be one of them, and the problems she did have were not considered life threatening. Her sudden death caught us completely off guard. She was our only child. She and I were best friends. We were so close, some people thought we were sisters and surprised to discover we were mother and daughter. People wondered how--or if--I could survive her loss. I wondered, too.
There's a saying. You never know how strong you can be until strong is the only choice you have.
No parent can imagine the death of their child. Isn't it our worst, worst fear? It's why we tiptoe into their bedroom when they're small, listen to their breathing, and check to see if they're all right. And, when they're older, it's why we stay up late, waiting for them to get home, all manner of fearful scenarios wreaking havoc in our mind.
Our daughters death was the worst thing to ever happen--or that ever will happen. And, yet, somehow, life does go on, one day leading to another, as weeks turn into months, and months to years. Is it possible to survive? How? Is it possible to do better than survive? HOW?
You can read about my journey on my Footsteps page. I will soon be adding two more pages. You will be able to read other people's stories of their journey on my Sojourners page. On my Reflections page, I will be writing about my daughter to keep her memory alive.
Sara Faith Nelson