Today I walked up to Jonah's casket, sitting by his 2 brothers and his sister's graves. As his four living siblings watched their Mama cry and tried to understand. I hugged Jonah's mom and realized standing by me were mom's that I have known about, but never met. Those that I have been inspired by and cried for, yet I didn't really "know" them. Today we all stood at the foot of the baby garden, where our babies rest, and we came together for our friend. For those who feel alone in grief, the baby loss mom does not have to be one. We are proud to speak of our babies. We will be there for one another. We understand the pain and the importance of each little moment. We know what it means to have someone care for our baby, to hold our baby, to love our baby, so we give the same in return.
Today I met a few women in person that I have "known" quite well online. In the Anencephaly community I have never felt alone. The mothers all come together and support one another. In my small part of town, we did the same today.
I have heard stories of a baby born with Trisomy 18 from Jonah's mom. I have prayed for this woman and her child. I have thought of them often, today when I met her I realized that she used to be my next door neighbor. I lived next to this woman for 4 years. I also found out that on our tiny cul de sac another mom across the street lost a baby to Trisomy 18. 12 houses - 12 families and 4 babies lost to fatal birth defects. The world could not get any smaller.
I spent more time talking to this woman in 2 hours than I did in 4 years. Now we are never going to forget one another, now we are both a part of "the club".
When God sent me on this path of loss I never felt alone. Today I felt lucky to be in the presence of people with such faith and love. I couldn't help but smile when I left Jonah's house this morning after the service. As sad as I am for his mother and father, as much as it hurt to watch his siblings cry and to know they are in pain, his little life brought these women into mine. Jonah will forever hold a place in my heart, because he helped me to not be scared to meet the people that have helped me so much. As his parents and family grieve his loss tonight I hope it helps bring a little peace that this little man made a big impact on my life.
God Bless Sweet Jonah -