I just finished reading Sue Elvis' wonderfully emotional book called Grief, Love and Hope: The Death of Our Baby Thomas. It is an incredibly open and poignantly raw book of Sue's experience of learning that her unborn baby had a diaphragmatic hernia and wouldn't survive, to the birth of her son and the most precious 28 hours of his life before he went home to God. Throughout her book she categorizes each part of the journey that she had written down in her journal so she wouldn't forget every precious moment of Thomas' life. She's included poems, short essays and pictures that her children had written and drawn that adds to the whole picture of Thomas' impact on her entire family. Very moving indeed and at parts, my heart ached for them, and other parts, my heart rejoiced for them. Sue's faith in God pulled her through the darkest times of her suffering and she came through it with a stronger faith and trust in God. She was also blessed with two beautiful daughters after losing Thomas.
Happy Birthday Thomas!!!
My finishing of Sue's book happens to land on Thomas' birthday. He was born on November 9, 1999 and was called home to God on November 10, 1999. His time on this earth with his family was incredibly brief but he had a huge impact on their lives. He is now a saint that they will all meet again one day!
I've no doubt that Sue's book has helped other mothers and will continue to help those who've lost a child to process through this tragedy. She is openly honest about the range of emotions a mother goes through and how a mother can survive the death of a child.
I'm linking up with Trish at LACE~ Whatever is..Lovely, Admirable, Cheerful and Encouraging. Phil 4:8