It’s here. Today Lydia turns 16 years old. It’s one that’s been on my heart for years, strangely. Wow! It’s so hard for my mind to wrap around her being 16. Has it been that long?
I have been thinking, wondering what I could do to honor her and make this day special and all about my girl. To start, I will share some writing focused on Lydia throughout this week, many photos as well as my special announcement. But in all honesty, I just want to sit in my fuzzy pajamas, drink hot chocolate and watch hallmark movies all day by myself while remembering my girl. Unfortunately, amidst all my duties as responsibilities, that’s not in the cards today.
Nevertheless, I’m so excited to share with you a project I’ve been working on. Something that arose seemingly out of the blue, but came together without a hitch. A book, to shed a ray of light in the darkness for those who find them in this unbearable reality.
COMING SOON!! Barely Breathing: Ten Secrets to Surviving the Loss of a Child
I want to share with others, newly bereaved and those who have been struggling for years on this unpredictable journey. Being a “bereaved mother” for over a decade now, I have unveiled those hidden treasures that have helped me get to where I’m at today, and have written my ten secrets to survival plus some bonus secrets for YOU. This is the book I wished I had when Lydia died and I want all those parents out there with aching hearts to know that if I can do this, so can you!
How do parents who have lost a child move forward when they don’t know what do to next and are barely breathing? How can we live this life when reality tugs back because the fear of moving forward is so gut wrenching and hard? What do we do when we feel like we can’t take one step further and we want nothing more than to be with our children? Let’s face it-our dreams and hopes have been shattered. We feel like outcasts, like we don’t belong anymore because the only identity we have ever known has been stripped away in a second.
As I already said, there are no words and no fixing this devastating reality. However, what I can offer is some hope and encouragement. It’s my desire that this book will leave the hearts of grieving parents planted with seeds of hope that losing your child is survivable and joy can be found again. Together we got this. Beautifully broken, yet united. We are stronger together.
Thank you so much for all the loving messages and emails you have sent me. You guys are amazing and full of compassion. God’s love is so evident. In the meantime, in honor of Lydia, I think I will enjoy some chocolate milk, cantaloupe, chicken strips and brownies on this fabulous day while reminiscing through the photo albums.
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