One week from today, on August 27th, is Aaron's first birthday. I never imagined I'd be commemorating this day in this way, without him here.
Like any other mother, I expected my child's first birthday to consist of a smash cake, presents, snuggles, and time spent with family - not with a broken heart and empty arms.
My son is dead, but this doesn't mean that his brief life is not deserving of celebration. He was a unique individual filled with humor, strength, and compassion. Through his touch he conveyed his love and his fondness for others. Through his gaze he conveyed his fascination with the world. Through his presence he brought joy to so many. And in his absence, we feel the vastness of his impact. His life, however short, was a glorious gift that deserves to be remembered.
Friends and family, as we approach Aaron's birthday next week, I ask that you remember him with me. I ask that you share the ways his life or his story have impacted you. I ask that you take a moment and acknowledge the beauty and fragility of life. I ask that you spread joy and love in his memory. I ask that you celebrate Aaron with us.
My loss mama friend, Anna, put together this beautiful graphic for her daughter Lillian's birthday that lists the myriad ways you can celebrate the life of a baby who died. I encourage you to choose whatever speaks to you as we honor Aaron's life together.
Favorite Charity: @aaronsplayground
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#Repost with permission from @lillianplusthree
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