Jump to content
Grief Healing Discussion Groups

Recommended Posts

I just wanted to share this story which appeared on my MSN home page this morning. During this most sad time for so many of us here, it's nice to see when others don't just respond to those of us who grieve, but show love. It's what we need the most.


Kyle Daniel's son Hayden died last year from a congenital heart defect.

This year will be the first Christmas without his son, and so he approached Athens, Georgia man, Caleb Ryan Sigmon - playing Santa at a mall - with a particularly heartbreaking request: He wanted a picture of Hayden and Santa to give his wife Sasha.


Sigmon recounted the event on a facebook post:

"A man walked in today holding something in his arms. 'I have a request,' he said, turning around this picture frame. 'My son passed away, last year.' He choked up and couldn't finish his sentence. The entire photo set was silent."

"I said, 'Absolutely.' Without anyone saying a thing, he handed me the frame and I placed it on my knee. In the photo I could see on the little boy's armband that his first name was Hayden. I didn't ask any questions, but I'm guessing that this was his first photo with Santa. The camera snap was the only sound I could hear in the entire mall." 


Sigmon and the photo team gave Daniel his photo package for free. "He grabbed my hand and pulled me in and hugged me, then turned around and left," Sigmon recounted.  "I am sharing this to remind us all that Christmas time is unbelievably hard for some families," he concluded. "Pray for the broken hearted. Smile at people. Just be kind. Love one another."




Santa and Hayden.jpg

  • Upvote 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

When I first saw this on FB I did cry. How beautiful. Thanks for bringing it here Stephen. 

Hey, Marty, maybe you could add that button "This one left me in tears" to our forum? There seems to be a lot of crying these days. :(

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It reminds me of Butch's family...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...