In the past few years I’ve been in the presence of many mothers who have suffered the loss of a child. Most of us know someone in our lives who is struggling with grief. Mothers who get up every day, crawl out of bed, put on their makeup and continue to move forward despite their horrific loss. We tend to look at women who are juggling a career and their families as very strong and I agree, they are.
The part that bothers me is that we forget the Mom’s whose schedule has been freed up, who no longer has to worry about their child’s schedule or juggling their career and motherhood because their child has passed away. In a brief moment their life changed in an instant, just like that their reason for everything has changed.
When I think of strength, I think of all of them. The heart it takes to continue to love, continue to parent, continue to smile, after you’ve experienced an unthinkable loss is the greatest example of strength there is. They would give up any raise or promotion for five more minutes with their arms around their child.
So today as I prepare to juggle a visit from my kids with a work deadline, I want to honour these warriors. These incredible women who continue to move forward, hearts broken, pushing forward with their guardian angels holding their hand.