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October 1, 2013

Kali Davies-Anderson: A tribute to those who have lost children

NEW CASTLE — October is National Pregnancy and Infant Lost Awareness Month.

Each year, around 1 million pregnancies end in miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a newborn child. As someone who has had people very close to me experience these tragic events, I felt moved to write a tribute to these families:


“For the Child Who Could Not Stay”

The children of the world, we think of everyday

But what about the ones, who

in this world, they could not stay.

Though loved and cared for from the start,

their Mommies and Daddies were forced to part.

Gone, but not forgotten, the memories never fade

Of Heaven’s little angels, for whom their souls we’ve prayed.

The tiny little babies, seen on a screen then gone.

The little ones born quiet without a yell or yawn.

The strong hearts somehow stifled, so early on in life.

“How could this happen to us?” cry parents filled with strife.

An empty crib, a silent room, an unused swing, a sense of gloom.

Reminders of the lives they’ve lost.

They’d bring them back at any cost.

Yet, somehow in the darkness, we

find warmth in a light we cannot see.

And through our tears, our hope’s restored.

We know our child is with the Lord.

As seasons go by and birthdays are missed,

we’ll cherish the children, whose foreheads we kiss.

But, always remember the angels above,

Who showed us true heartache,

Yet taught us to LOVE.


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