If you have been reading my blog for some time, you will be familiar with my grief posts, my stories about our son Thomas who died after living for only one day. I like to call these my “Thomas Stories”.
I started writing my Thomas Stories quite a few years ago. At first I just wanted to record our son’s life. He lived for only a fleeting moment and I wanted to say, “I have a son. His name is Thomas. He didn’t live very long but his life was valuable. And we love him so very much.”

Later a friend suggested I share my stories so that I could connect with other bereaved parents. Grieving is such a lonely existence. Sometimes we feel we are going crazy. Does anyone else feel like we do? And does anyone survive the deep sorrow of losing a child? By sharing we can encourage each other, give hope and lessen that feeling of isolation.

I wrote my first Thomas Stories for a homeschooling newsletter. Then I gathered these stories together, and added some more: my book Grief, Love and Hope came into existence.

After the publication of the book, I was very surprised to find I had still more to say about Thomas. He might have lived only for one day but he has affected our lives forever. I am continually amazed how our son works his way into my writing. So more Thomas Stories were written and I have been posting them here on this blog.

But now I feel my stories need a home of their own, a blog just for Thomas. So I have created a new blog, Stories of Grief, Love and Hope.

I will be gathering all my Thomas stories together and posting them on this new blog. Some you will find in my book Grief, Love and Hope. And some have been published here and some on The Apostolate of Hannah’s Tears blog.  I am sure Thomas will keep on inspiring new stories so there will probably be entirely new posts too.

I would also like to write about the experience of miscarriage after losing seven little souls much too early.

Maybe you have experienced the sorrow of losing a child yourself, or you might be supporting the bereaved, or maybe you’d just like to learn more about the experience of grief.

If you would like to continue to share my stories of our precious son, please visit my new blog, Stories of Grief, Love and Hope. I would feel very honoured if you read my posts.

And if you know of anyone who is suffering and might want to connect with another bereaved parent, I would be grateful if you told them about my blog.

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  1. Sue,You are such an inspiration. I haven't been were you have been, but I have walked beside many families.
    I have however, experienced a type of grief I don't want any parent to go through.
    I would be honoured to display your new blog on my sidebar.
    God bless you, Leanne xx

  2. Leanne,
    Grief comes in many forms. I know you grieve too although you haven't experienced the death of a child like me. You still understand! You are a dear friend.

    Thank you for displaying my new blog in your sidebar. I really feel sharing my grief stories makes sense of Thomas' life. It is a work that really is very important to me. It's my thank you to God and my "I love you" to Thomas.

    May God bless you!

  3. I have found that telling my story helps relieve my pain. I am glad you are telling your stories. God bless.

  4. Sue, how beautiful it is that you have created this ministry to reach out to other grieving mothers. That's what it is all about, isn't it? We're all in this together! May God Bless you for all you do for others!

  5. Colleen, you are quite right: there is great comfort in sharing. Thank you for your encouraging comment. May God bless you.

  6. Thank you, Dana!

    "We're all in this together" - how true. I am hoping that God will work through my stories and give comfort to others. I have been given so much. I have to do something small in return.

    Always good to see you here!

  7. Hi Sue, that's a wonderful idea! A beautiful way to pay tribute to Thomas! And for others who have experienced such a loss... I can't even imagine the pain one would bear by losing their child. Others will be given comfort and hopefully find peace through your stories. God Bless!

  8. Thank you so much for your encouragement, Noreen. What would I do without your friendship?


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