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A Poem For My Son. How do I Heal My Heart?

Updated on July 31, 2020
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Todd Edward Hunt - Capitola, California
Todd Edward Hunt - Capitola, California | Source

A Poem For My Son

How do I heal my heart

How can I let you go

You were my first born

My baby boy

You filled my days with

Love and joy –


How do I heal my heart

When will the pain be gone

You were my reason for living

Now that reason is gone –


Capitola Beach, California

Capitola Beach, California, where Todd spent many happy days with his children.
Capitola Beach, California, where Todd spent many happy days with his children. | Source

How do I stop from wanting

To see you one more time

To gaze into those beautiful eyes

And know they’re just like mine


How can I stop forgetting

The pictures in my mind

The little boy who grew to be

The man, so humble and kind


Each day I long to hear your voice

and get a hug from you

I hope you're surfing on a cloud

That's what you love to do


Until the angels come for me

I'll miss you every day

Stay close by and feel my love

for you, my son, I pray.

To Where You Are - Josh Groban

Handling Grief For The Loss of A Child

My son's death filled my heart with anger? I expressed my fury by giving away a large portion of my material possessions. Why? I don't really know. Part of my life was erased when I lost my child. It may sound strange but I could not deal with memories. The pain became unmanageable. Living life without my boy-I can never get used to that.

The loss of a child is likely the most difficult thing a parent can endure.

The seven stages of grief are :

  • Shock
  • Denial
  • Bargaining
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

Bereavement sometimes ultimately leads to enhanced personal development. This is what my son would want for me. This is now how I choose to deal with my grief. I want to become all that I can. I want to make him proud of his mother.

My Son

A photo of Todd taken a year before cancer claimed his life.
A photo of Todd taken a year before cancer claimed his life. | Source

© 2010 Audrey Hunt

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