Support for Families of Texas

Support for Families of Texas

The immediate availability of bereavement counseling is welcomed, but what happens when those counselors leave? Today’s horrific news, forgotten soon by the outside world, becomes the reality for the impacted families for the rest of their lives.

There is help for the rest of their lives through The Compassionate Friends.

For more than 40 years, we have been there to greet, hold, commiserate, validate and love all who have lost a child, grandchild, brother or sister so no one need walk alone. We understand because our organization is made up of others who have lost a child too soon. We listen, we support, we educate, and we are available when all seems lost – The Compassionate Friends is where Hope lives. Through the years, hundreds of thousands of families have found comfort from others who, like them, have been walking this grief worn path for a lifetime. We walk among you but you will never know the burden we carry. We are The Compassionate Friends, here so everyone who needs us can find us and everyone who finds us can be helped.

How does it leave you feeling after hearing of more families suffering the loss of a son, daughter, grandchild, brother, or sister?

Do you have any words of encouragement for the families just starting the path to their “new normal”?

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Comments (80)

  • So sorry for your loss. My son was a victim of gun violence at 16 years old. The shock and grief is overwhelming. You are not alone and The Compassionate Friends are here for you. We love you all!

  • There are no answers and no words, only hugs, love and prayers being sent your way♥️🙏🏻

  • I am heartbroken to have heard the news this morning from Texas. I am one who has lost a child so I will try to share your pain today. You will never walk alone on this very dark path. You see there will be light on your path sometime down the road as we are all walking beside you.

    From a Compassionate Friend

  • So terribly heartbroken for the victims and their families, as well as the wounded. Both of my children passed – one in the blink of an eye and the other a long struggle. Neither way is better than the other. However, my children died from illness, an uncontrollable circumstance. To have a child taken by violence, an unnecessary loss, must be horrific. My heart aches for these folks who have a long journey ahead, but, having traveled it twice, please trust that there will be a day when you can smile again and remember only the good days of love and happiness with your child. They will always be with you in your heart. Lean into the grief and lean on loved ones and friends. Your lives have been forever changed. What helped me gather my strength and learn to live again was to continue to live for my children. Deepest prayers are with you as you find your way again. God bless.

  • So terribly heartbroken for the victims and their families, as well as the wounded. Both of my children passed – one in the blink of an eye and the other a long struggle. Neither way is better than the other. However, my children died from illness, an uncontrollable circumstance. To have a child taken by violence, an unnecessary loss, must be horrific. My heart aches for these folks who have a long journey ahead, but, having traveled it twice, please trust that there will be a day when you can smile again and remember only the good days of love and happiness with your child. They will always be with you in your heart. Lean into the grief and lean on loved ones and friends. Your lives have been forever changed. What helped me gather my strength and learn to live again was to continue to live for my children. Deepest prayers are with you as you find your way again. God bless.


  • So terribly heartbroken for the victims and their families, as well as the wounded. Both of my children passed – one in the blink of an eye and the other a long struggle. Neither way is better than the other. However, my children died from illness, an uncontrollable circumstance. To have a child taken by violence, an unnecessary loss, must be horrific. My heart aches for these folks who have a long journey ahead, but, having traveled it twice, please trust that there will be a day when you can smile again and remember only the good days of love and happiness with your child. They will always be with you in your heart. Lean into the grief and lean on loved ones and friends. Your lives have been forever changed. What helped me gather my strength and learn to live again w

  • All those who lost a child or a loved one or whose child or loved one was injured will be in my prayers. It is not an easy time but be sure to seek out support to help you through this awful time in your life. I can say I know of little of what you are going through having lost my oldest son 20 years ago. You may not believe it now but time does heal all. It will never go away but it will get easier.

  • I lost my daughter fourteen years ago this month; however, I read this poem over and over again to remind myself of my grief journey – where I was then and where I am today. Thank goodness for The Compassionate Friends…We need not walk alone.

    Together We Walk the Stepping Stones
    by Barb Williams

    Come, take my hand, the road is long.
    We must travel by stepping stones.
    No, you’re not alone. I’ve been there.
    Don’t fear the darkness. I’ll be with you.

    We must take one step at a time.
    But remember, we may have to stop awhile.
    It’s a long way to the other side
    and there are many obstacles.

    We have many stones to cross.
    Some are bigger than others.
    Shock, denial, and anger to start.
    Then comes guilt, despair, and loneliness.

    It’s a hard road to travel, but it must be done.
    It’s the only way to reach the other side.

    Come, slip your hand in mind.
    What? Oh, yes, it’s strong.
    I’ve held so many hands like yours.
    Yes, mine was once small and weak like yours.

    Once, you see, I had to take someone’s hand
    In order to take the first step.
    Oops! You’ve stumbled. Go ahead and cry.
    Don’t be ashamed. I understand.

    Let’s wait here awhile so that you can get your breath.
    When you’re stronger, we’ll go on, one step at a time.
    There’s no need to hurry.

    Say, it’s nice to hear you laugh.
    Yes, I agree, the memories you shared are good.
    Look, we’re halfway there now.

    I can see the other side.
    It looks so warm and sunny.
    Oh, have you noticed? We’re nearing the last stone
    and you’re standing alone.
    And look, your hand, you’ve let go of mine.
    We’ve reached the other side.

    But wait, look back, someone is standing there.
    They are alone and want to cross the stepping stones.
    I’d better go. They need my help.
    What? Are you sure?
    Why, yes, go ahead. I’ll wait.

    You know the way.
    You’ve been there.
    Yes, I agree. It’s your turn, my friend . . .
    To help someone else cross the stepping stones.

    • Dianne, I love that so much. I have kept it as something to give to our new members at our Orlando chapter to give them much needed hope.

      • Thank you for your comment. I am comforted just knowing that it means as much to you. The grief journey is such a difficult path to travel, and, as this poem says, it’s so helpful knowing others are there to extend a hand.

    • This is so beautiful……and that is how I’ve dealt with the lost of my son, by trying to help others……We’re all mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters to each other…..thank you for posting!

  • My heart hurts so much for each of the parents, the siblings who have been thrown into this world of grieving a child taken too soon. It is a long forever road and our words right now- you probably can’t even hear them, won’t make much sense. Two days ago was the 5th anniversary of our son’s death and I could not imagine on the day he died that I would ever be able to find my way. We pledged to each other in our family to always be there for each other, to listen and be compassionate as we , my husband and daughter each process our grief differently. We found support at Compassionate meetings, read many books on grief and tried to find healing by talking about our son often. Each of you will walk this journey differently, but there will come a time when life will not feel so desolate. There are others to walk with you.

  • No words. Just tears. TCF can help by understanding the depth of this anguish, while acknowledging differences in needs. They helped me in my darkest hour. I am praying for all of you, and send love.

  • Even though you are in shock , and can’t wrap your head around what has happened to your child, know that there are many of us who have lost a child who are thinking of you at this time. It’s horrible, and no one can take the pain from your heart, but you will survive. Reach out to others for support. Be easy on yourself. Keep putting one foot in front of the other if you can. Hold the memories of your child in your heart. Many are holding you and your family in our prayers.

  • My sincere and heartfelt condolences to those families who are suffering the loss of their children in Texas. Reaching out to the Compassionate Friends Organization can help you through your grief journey. May you find some peace and comfort here.

  • I wish with all my heart that none of the parents, siblings or grandparents would need an organization like The Compassionate Friends for losing a child so senselessly as all of you have done today. Know that we are all here for you and share in your loss.

  • I am so very sorry to all of you that are going through this horrid tragedy! Having lost my son 9 years ago, I will say that your life has changed forever … my advice is to remember to grieve. You need to walk thru grief, not around it. Remember that some of you have other children who,are also grieving, and please accept help from those who offer. Save your strength … Many tough days ahead! Please seek counseling and talk about your child. Talk about them whenever you need to … you will miss your child forever and not a day will go by that you do not think of them. You will wonder how you are surviving, but you will get up everyday and put one foot in front of the other! You will live everyday for your child, keeping that memory alive. My prayers are with all of you and I wish you strength and know that you are all in many of our thoughts and our prayers … much love being sent to all of you ❤️

  • Here is what I can tell you– do whatever it is you have to do to first survive, later on down the road you will learn to redefine your lives and perhaps thrive. But it will be weeks- maybe months before the reality of this devastating loss sets in so ignore all those who think you have already begun to heal, recover, etc. I have lost a son- very suddenly- but I cannot even imagine what you are all going through and I would not profess to have the answer as to how you can move through each day and learn to navigate this forever grief journey. You will find your way- your own way, on your own timetable. Don’t make any decisions right now that cannot be reversed. Revel in your precious memories and know they will be with you forever. Find support in anyway that fits you- whether it be a group such as Compassionate Friends or something else- it is so comforting to have others around you who truly get it. So so sad for your all and sending many hugs.

    • Perfect comment. I agree. I am 16 years out from the sudden loss of my 18 year old son. The first years are brutal – no doubt about it. It does help to seek out people who have been there. And it takes work – no walking around it – you must go through it. My son was worth every tear & all the pain. There is a tomorrow that can be less painful. You will always miss your child. There will always be a feeling of loss. But you can survive this awful loss.

  • My grandaughter was killed inA DUI accident Aug21. 2017.She was walking from work to her home She was 21.Our prayers are with you in this unimaginable horrible moment in time.So sorry for your losses.

  • Our hearts break with yours in this needless tragedy. So terribly, terribly sorry.
    Pat in Washington state.

  • I won’t lie to you and say that your grief will go away. My son has been gone for 15 years and I still miss him everyday. But grief can change over time. It’s still there, but it is softer as time goes by. Know that not only your family and friends grieve with you, but all of us are holding you in our hearts.

  • I lost my daughter Trinka 6 years and almost 3 months ago. Today I feel like day 1, filled with my and your grief.
    I am with all of you in our grief.
    Sylvia, always Trinka’s mom

  • My heart has been breaking watching the news today. So unnecessary. I know your pain and loss. Praying for all of you affected by this tragic loss and that Jesus will wrap His arms around you.

  • Sending prayers, hugs, and love, from someone who knows how the unimaginable feels. So sorry, know we are here for your support always.

  • There is no one who can tell you how to respond, how to feel, how to get through this time. We each, those of us who have lost a child, know we found a way to exist and push through. I pray you find your way in the weeks ahead. I also pray you know that there are people who are praying for you and your family in the weeks and months ahead.

  • You are on a journey that we in The Compassionate Friends have all been on. None of us have chosen this path, nor have we prepared for it. The blessing is that none of us walk alone. We can offer hope when the hour is darkest that there will be a dawn. We are here to say that life will not ever be the same, but healing will come. I offer all of those of you my love and prayers.

  • I am keeping you all in my prayers as you travel through this horrific path. I lost my son 9 years ago, I understand your pain. We are here for you, offering you a tiny bit of comfort.
    Sandy, Matt”s mom

  • I am so very sorry for your loss,
    You are not alone
    Sadly, there are many of us walking this journey with you.
    My son, Christopher, died 15 months ago by his own hand.
    You are going to feel every emotion possible but in the beginning there is shock. The physical and emotional shock protects us in the beginning.
    It is a long hard journey but you can make it.
    I have you in my prayers.
    I pray for you to be lifted up and given strength to carry this cross.

  • You will never forget this so don’t hang on to it – let go any part of it you can – what you need to keep will stay — let the rest go when it will – just float – you will not sink —

  • I sobbed today as I heard the news. I am so sorry. I feel sorrow deep in my soul for you, the parents, sisters, brothers, grandparents, relatives and friends of those that left this world today. Especially the parents. You are now part of a tight circle of the bereaved. Please know you are not alone. We are holding you close in our hearts and praying for you every moment we are reminded of your loss. You are understood, loved, and prayed for. This is all I can offer right now. I can say things change but you can’t hear that right now. You shouldn’t have to. You are doing well just to breath. I will never understand any such tragedy or loss this side of heaven but I do know one day I will. This is what I choose to believe. It is this hope that keeps me going. It is a hope I could not embrace in the beginning. My pain was too raw and deep. But I pray you are able to grab on to this hope with me. Either today or one day soon. Reach out to those who are there for you. Share the story of your loved one. Let their light shine.

  • What I learned from The Compassionate Friends when my daughter, Tracy, died suddenly in an accident at age 23 was that whatever I was feeling was natural, normal and lessened by sharing with others. It helped to cry as much as I needed to and seeing others who had been through it and somehow miraculously survived what felt like the impossible, gave me the hope that someday I would too. I learned that there is no getting “over it” because you never do and that you will think of and miss you beloved lost child for the rest of your life but you learn to live a purposeful life because they can’t and you know that if you were the one that was gone too soon, you would want your child to go on with their life and live it with joy. The love is never gone and the memories of all that you shared becomes a comfort. Eventually you will be able to focus more on what you were fortunate enough to have had and less on what you have lost. I learned that it’s ok to feel sorry for yourself but it doesn’t change anything. I became a more compassionate person and every time I hear of someone else losing a child (and it happens all the time) my heart breaks for them and I think this is a good thing. There would be no feeling of loss if there was no love and who would choose that kind of existence no matter how much it hurts to lose that love.

    • All the above comments are filled with great wisdom,. My heart aches for you, knowing what it is to lose a child, my only child, seventeen years ago.
      Grieve as much as you need to and reach out for help when you are ready. Accept all expressions of sympathy without judgement. The words aren’t as important as their expression of caring. Journal your feelings. Write letters to your child. Save all cards, notes, etc. look through all photos and relive the good memories. Focus on those. Help others. Start or join a good cause. Find your resin to keep living fully to honor your child. Your life is a gift from the universe too. Don’t squander your opportunity to make a difference to heal the world.

  • When there has been a tragedy such as the latest school shooting the grief is so compounded exponentially, there isn’t a word(s) for it.
    not only are parents, grandparents and sibling affected, but students, teachers, school staff, responders, hospital personal, and yes even the most don’t want to talk about it, but the family of the shooter is involved as well. There is no magic saying, no magic wand to wave, to make the intense pain go away or make it easier to bear. In truth the pain, hurt, bewilderment, depression will be there for a long, long, long time. It will take a long, long, long time to begin to feel half way normal if that again. It will take work, friends, family, time, and whatever faith you can muster to work through the grief process. My wish is, I wish you didn’t have to suffer this loss at all, but also wishing you some day there will be a little light trying to etch it’s way back into your heart.

  • Hard to say anything that might help right now; I am one of many thousands of parents who have lost a child for so many different reasons; I share running a chapter of The Compassionate Friends in Ct; I live near Sandy Hook and work with one of the mothers who lost her daughter. All I can say now is to reach out to each other for human contact and love; when the time is right, look for a chapter of TCF; they helped me on the long journey of trying to heal the pain. It will never ever go away completely but it will someday be softer to bear; share that pain with others who have gone before you. Wishing you the strength to be able to take one step at a time.

  • My prayers are with each of these parents as they begin walking this horrible rocky road. Know there is an army of us who have also lost beloved children standing beside you. Loving you. Grieving with you.

  • Begin by simply putting one foot in front of the other. You will be in a fog for a very long time – that is normal. You have been forced to join a club you did not ask to join – a club no one wants to join. Your previous life is gone. From now on, you are living a different life. With time, you can make that new life have meaning, but for now, your only job is to continue to put one foot in front of the other. Nothing more. ❤️💔

  • We all know what it is like to lose a child or grandchild, or brother or sister. You will hear family and friends say, “I just can’t imagine” – – if you hear anything at all. Your grief lingers as others seem to move on. They refrain from saying the one word you long to hear: your child’s name. They don’t know how this hurts. You see? They can’t know because they have not been down this long lonely road. It is a life grief in which you learn a new language shared only by those who have traveled this way. Please know that you are not alone. We support you and one another and grieve with you because we now belong to the one club where we embrace each new member while wishing we never had to meet.

  • My heart goes out to you and your family as you experience this incredible sadness. The members of this group who know all too well what it is like to lose a child want you to know that you are not alone on this journey. We are here for you.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to those that lost someone in this terrible tragedy. No parent should have to endure the pain burying their beloved child.
    We endured the loss of our beautiful daughter in 2010. Without GOD and family, it would have been impossible to have gone through this tragedy. It’s been eight years since she left us and went to her heavenly home to be with our creator Jesus Christ. There is never a day that goes by that she doesn’t cross my mind. The loss is something a loving parent never gets over. Before GOD called her home she touched so many people’s lives in such a positive way. I was born an only child, and In my lifetime I’ve lost both parents, four grandparents and many very close loved ones that hurt very deeply. However, no one can compare with the loss of a child. The feeling that one has regardless of what someone says is normal. I have learned not to say ” I know how you feel’ because no one knows how you feel except you and God in heaven above. My heart goes out to all of you who lost a child or loved one. I encourage you to seek God and family during this terrible tragedy. May GOD hold each of you in his arms during this terrible tragedy.

  • I am so deeply sorry for your loss..No words can express this pain of losing a child..Sending tons of hugs of support ….know that I support you as I walk the same journey..Take baby steps..

  • The words all fall flat. Inadequate. Know that the people here do understand the enormity of your loss. Let the support help hold you steady.
    sending prayers for comfort from Florida.

  • I am deeply sorry for your loss. I recently lost my son to rectal cancer at the age of 33. Sadly as a stranger said to me I am so sorry that you are part of a family no one should ever be part of. If I learned anything through these last few monthes of feelings of sadness and dispare is the kindness of people both people that love you and simple strangers is immense. It has given me a new take on the fact there is more goodness in this world than hatred. My advice to you is to breathe and simply take one moment at a time let yourself feel all the you feel there is no wrong way to grieve. You will be in my prayers.

  • My heart goes out to all of you. Such a waste. Words are not easy to find. Lost my son to a climbing accident 26 years ago. My prayers are with you. God bless.

  • My heart is broken for you, as it is for all grieving parents. Keep your faith. See through to the compassionate kindness and good intentions of others who do not know what to say or do to comfort you. Feel their love and let it help you. Take care of yourselves and each other. Hold on tight. So very sorry.

  • I want to extend my deepest condolences to all the texas victims and their families and all the students who attend this school and their families as this is a ripple effect that just continues down the line of grief. This kind of grief will not have any answers and will never go away. I lost my son at the barely 20 yr.’s old. A lovely lively boy who was loved by our family and all who knew him. He loved people and allways smiled, which I remember most. He was killed by a drunk driver 29yr.’s ago and at that time they barely got a slap on the wrist. My pain was unbearable and it took several years to get thru the worst, but with the help of my family , friends my faith in god got me thru. We continue this grief of journey forever. I mainly realized that what keeps me going is that at the end of my journey someday my son will be there to welcome me into his world.I know he wants me to go on so we can be together again. I hope you all will lean on your family ,faith and whatever resources you have to help you. And to know that your child will be there someday to welcome you home with them.
    My prayers are with you all.

  • We are so terribly sorry to hear of the shooting at your child’s school. Although my sweet daughter passed at 22 years old, I cannot imagine what you are going through but I do have love and hope for all of you. I hold you in my heart with prayers. Our Chapter will remember you in our monthly candle lighting. Compassionate Friends will be here for you every step of the way through your journey. Please join us when you can , our arms and hearts are open to you.

  • My heart is with you and your family. The loss of a child is very individual because that was your child and we do not know the connection you have with your child. We do know the pain, the sadness waking up without our child. I lost my 18 year old son 6 years ago. I want him every day. Let friends help! Breathe, get out of bed, cry.

  • God bless and keep. So sorry for your loss. No other words can express my sorrow for you and family. It has been 18 months since the death of my son. The pain is still there. I guess it always will be there, but not constant like I experienced in the first few months of his death. It will get better as time passes. Remember, pain and grief are the consequence of your strong love for your child.

  • God bless and keep. So sorry for your loss. No other words can express my sorrow for you and family. It has been 18 months since the death of my son Kevin. The pain is still there. I guess it always will be there, but not constant like I experienced in the first few months of his death. It will get better as time passes. Remember, pain and grief are the consequence of your strong love for your child.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is with all of the families of this tragedy. May God shine a light and help each of you through this awful pain. pain.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. We were introduced to The Compassionate Friends a year after our daughter Melissa died. TCF taught us that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Do what you need to do to get through each day, and know that you are not alone. You will find others who understand your loss, maybe through TCF or otherwise. Lean on them. Or us. It helps US heal to help others who are in our shoes now.

  • My heart breaks for everyone that loses a son or daughter. I lost my son to illness and five years later, the empty place inside me is still there. I am thankful that he is no longer suffering. Every day, I say to him “”Thank God you are safe.”
    Violence is different. It is senseless. You have many other emotions to deal with as well grief.
    Find someone you can talk to about your son or daughter. Do not waste time with those who back away. This is my advice to you.
    Prayers for all of you.

  • My heart is broken, again, learning of the loss of more children and teachers, this time in Texas. To all of you who mourn, know that you are not alone. There are many of us who have lost children tragically and we know your pain, your unbearable sense of loss, and all that you will face as you move forward. There are few words now that will ease your pain. As time moves on, may the memories of your beloved child bring you comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I want to first off say, I am so sorry for your loss. I feel and understand your pain. We lost our son Justin almost a year now, he was 16yrs. old full of life and dreams. We know and we mourn for you all. When a child is lost it seems as the child is everyones baby. Everyday is an uphill struggle. I encourage to look to our Heavenly Father he is and will see your through. Don’t give up….Remember the good days that you had with your babies. My favorite hymm to read for courage and strength is Psalm 121. God Bless and keep you today and always.

  • My heart goes out to all families struck by this tragedy. I lost my son three years ago, his heart stopped while having a seizure and it is still very difficult. I cannot begin to imagine the pain of losing a child in such a tragic way as you all have lost yours. I pray your children are at peace and you also find peace in memories you shared. Do not be afraid to cry and do not let anyoone ever tell you that it is time to stop crying. I believe crying is a big part of the healing process. Thoughts and prayers for all. 🙏

  • I don’t know what to say other than I am so sorry. Grief is hard and it takes as much time as you need. We grieve because we love. Remember you are not alone. TCF has been part of my life for 33 years. I love you all.

  • May God’s Loving Grace fill you with the inner guidance of knowing that your child’s life is eternal and we can be with our children whether in our physical arms or the eternal embrace of our that deep loving that rests in the pain and tears that are shed.

  • There is nothing more tragic than the loss of a child and my prayers and thoughts go out to the families of this senseless tragedy. Anything our group can do to help in any way, we are willing to lend our support. Unfortunately we cannot change this loss or take this pain away, but we do understand and have learned to live with devastating losses. It personally gave me comfort to be with supportive people who understood what I was going through when I lost my son, and we all hope we can be there for you as well.

  • Seek Jesus and cling to him completely. He is the only one who can look in your heart and know the depth of your pain. He is the only one who knows how much you love your child. He offers me comfort, understanding, strength and determination every day. And through his promises, I know I will hold my baby girl again one day. Praying for all of you.

  • I am sending prayers to all the families and friends suffering after the death of a young soul they dearly love. My teenage son died in 2007 and my adult stepson died last year. There was a time profound pain was so engulfing, I didn’t think it would be possible to go on, but I have. I am not only living again, I am thriving and loving life. I share this with you to give you hope for the possibility of your own future if the depth of your suffering scares you too. Your love will go on. Tap into your inner wisdom on your grieving journey. There is so much support if you ever need it.

  • My heart goes out to those newly bereaved parents…words can never suffice to express the grief and loss we share. After the initial shock began to wear off and I stopped feeling like a hollowed out husk of a person, I became angry (it felt better than depression). I couldn’t live with myself as an angry person so I took those feelings and began to write. I found that I lost focus on the anger and became engaged in the signs I perceived that were coming from my son. I began writing about the signs. I took photos when relevant. That activity helped me to feel connected to him. I discovered that a sign helped me to feel the unconditional love in my heart for him. My pain was excruciating. When I had the ability to choose, I chose to be open to the signs.

  • Your children are gone from sight but will never be forgotten. A river of tears, we cry for you. My deepest sympathies to you.

  • To all the families suffering the worst pain a human can endure in Santa Fe, please know that you will survive this horrible event. It takes time. Reach out when you can because this world is full of people who are surviving and want to help you through.

  • May you always have enough fond memories of the happy times and the love of your child/loved one to keep them alive in your heart forever. Healing comes in helping others. May your heart and soul find peace. As the last line in the poem, “We Remember Them”, says, “As long as we live, they, too, shall live, as we remember them”. Holding all of you in a special place in my heart. My love to you.

  • My heart and prayers are with you as you begin this new journey!!! I am so sorry! You will find many here who will gently walk with you as you try to find your way one this journey. Just know you are never alone.

  • May God comfort all of the parents, siblings and grandparents who lost children that day. My son, Kevin, died from head injuries substained in a jet ski accident almost 2 years ago at the age of 16. Your pain will truely never go away, but, somehow you must learn to live a new “normal ” life. Always remember their life by focusing on the happy memories. No matter how big or small, keep their legacy alive. They will live on in your heart forever. Trusting in God, reading books from other bereaved parents and attending The Compassionate Friends monthly meetings and a regional conference have helped me deal with my grief.

    Kevin’s mom

  • My prayers are with all of you. So sorry for your loss, take your time and grief there is no limit on grief no matter what others have told you. It is a long journey and you will get there but there is no rush. Again, prayers and hugs to all of the families.

    A compassionate friend.

  • Whenever I hear that someone has lost a child, I feel the need to reach out to them. I lost a child 22 years ago & my heart goes out to you, your family & all the families who are suffering a loss. Trust in God for “He will keep in perfect peace…all those who trust in him…”

  • My heart is with every parent, every sibling, every grandparent whose child has died in this tragic event in Texas. My own child died 27 years ago and I know too well the road to healing, which is slow, painful and eventually an opportunity for growth. Give yourselves time to mourn your child and always keep him or her in your heart forever; I did and it will be comforting in time.

    For the Spanish speakers or bilinguals:

    Mi corazón está con cada padre, cada madre, cada hermano, cada hermana y abuelos cuyos hijos o hijas fallecieron en la tragedia de Texas. Mi hijo falleció hace 27 años y conozco muy bien el camino de la sanación, que es lento, doloroso y eventualmente se convierte en una oportunidad para crecer. Por favor date tiempo para procesar tu duelo y siempre lo mantendrás en tu corazón; yo lo hice y con el tiempo te brindará alivio tenerlo(a) tan cerquita.

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