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“…you remember that they lived…” remember that they lived, and that's a great, great gift."

I think this may end up being something I do often as a way to remember and honor my first son, Calvin Phoenix, who is 38 months in heaven today. I created the following card as a reminder to others that mentioning the loved ones we’ve lost is a source of comfort for the bereaved. It has a photo of stones, shell fragments, and an-almost-complete sand dollar that I collected while at Ocean Beach in San Francisco with my husband. I also added the following quote by Elizabeth Edwards:

“If you know someone who has lost a child or lost anybody who’s important to them, and you’re afraid to mention them because you think you might make them sad by reminding them that they died, they didn’t forget they died. You’re not reminding them. What you’re reminding them of is that you remember that they lived, and that’s a great, great gift.” remember that they lived, and that's a great, great gift.

Click on the image to be brought to Flickr where you can choose to download the card in various sizes.

Crystal is a mother-wife-writer whose explorations include parenting, grief, food, and semi-crunchy living. She is currently an MFA in writing student, a content editor for Still Standing Magazine, and the technical editor for Switchback.

One thought on ““…you remember that they lived…”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I had never heard this EE quote. I wish I could have sent this out to friends and family after my son died. 🙂

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." (Ephesians 4:29)

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