This article has been one of the most healing things I’ve done to date. It has helped my family members and my friends. Some people have responded on FB saying how it’s helped them with other types of life hardships.
I have only one explanation for that, and it is Elena. That girl was everything my family is — with all her challenges, she might never have made it through pregnancy, let alone surviving outside her beautiful mommy’s womb for two weeks after. Her determination, grit and bravery showed me who I am and showed my family what the word “family” actually means.
No one should ever have to bury their child. Ever. And no one has a right to tell someone who has that time will take the pain of missing that child’s growth and life away.
I’m glad you found some comfort here. I’m glad you’re so supportive of your friend. I hope she knows she isn’t alone and that she didn’t do anything wrong.
-Elena’s Aunt, Heidi