Earlier this week, I received an email from Arleen, a mother who's hurting deeply. I cannot even begin to imagine her heartache. I asked if I could share her letter, and said yes....
"Please pray for me, I'm deeply depressed due to death of my youngest
child, Ashley," Arleen wrote. "Ashley was 21 years old and in her second year in
college. A wonderful, beautiful child, inside and out. She died of a
sudden heart attack on June 24, 2012. The last time saw her beautiful
eyes was the evening before, June 23rd (she did not pass at home). After that, I never saw her again."
"My heart is so broken. I have two
other children and a wonderful husband and an extremely smart, wonderful,
delightful three-year-old grandson. I know I have a lot to be grateful
for, but I miss my Ashley so very much. I know most of you are hurting
because of relationship problems with your children or because they
are missing. Not knowing where they are or if they're okay, I
can imagine how hurtful that is, but just be thankful that they
are still alive. Because once they die, it's forever. Pray that they
come back to you because I know my Ashley will never come back. A
mother's pain of losing one of their children has to be one of the greatest pains, a pain that I would not want to wish on anyone in the
Words of comfort seem so inadequate when someone's lost a loved one. If I could, I'd hug you tight and just be there, I emailed Arleen. She and I have never met in person, but that doesn't matter. Like you, she's found this blog because she's in deep pain and needs to reach out and share her hurt with others who understand in any kind of way.
Yes, Arleen, we will hold your hand and pray for you and your family. May God bless you and strengthen you and surround you with ministering angels. You are very loved!