MartyT Posted April 25, 2006 Report Share Posted April 25, 2006 This poem comes to us from Deb Kosmer, Bereavement Support Coordinator for Affinity Visiting Nurses Hospice. In addition to writing poetry, Deb provides grief services to hospice patients, families and other grieving individuals in the Fox Valley in Wisconsin. Her services include grief group facilitation, individual counseling, grief education and support mailings to grieving individuals, families and professionals who work with the grieving, and community presentations on grief and loss. Deb has a bachelor's and a master's degree in Social Work and is currently working towards certification in Thanantology. In January, 1986, Deb's father suffered a massive heart attack and died. Barely three years later, she experienced the accidental deaths of her 14-year-old son (in October, 1989) and her 31-year-old sister (in February, 1989). Her personal losses led her to return to school and to the work she now does. Her grief poems have been published in Grief Magazine, Bereavement Magazine, and The Compassionate Friends national magazine, We Need Not Walk Alone. Deb also writes for the families she works with and for local agency newsletters. She can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free at (866) 236-8500.CHILDRENChildren aren’t supposed to die….Certainly not before their parents….Not before their grandparentsNot before the 93 year old lady down the street But they do And hearts are brokenLives forever changedFamilies shattered.Dreams and Hopes stolen. The death of a childRobs its parents ofThat which they love mostIt comes uninvited and Sometimes unannouncedLeaving behindConfusion, sadness, and gut wrenching pain. It shatters any once held illusionsOf goodness and fairnessAnd being able to protect those we love.And leaves us feeling as though we have failedAnd angry that it should’ve been us, not them. It leaves us with questions without answersAnd friends and family who don’t know what to sayAnd with us feeling so aloneStruggling to findA reason to stay. By Deb Kosmer, Shawn’s MomIn memory ofShawn Jeremy Schmitz3/12/75 - 10/25/89 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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