On the morning of May 25, 2016, I received the call no parent ever expects to receive. My son-in-law relayed the news that my daughter Crystal had suffered a seizure and was at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston. He stated that her condition was grave. An hour later, he called back with the news I could not believe. I saw her last at the Baccalaureate Service on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Her oldest son was graduating from high school in a few days.
I honestly don’t remember a lot of details during the days after her passing. I do know I cried many tears over the loss of my first born. Even in my grief and suffering I was blessed. My church community, family, and friends surrounded me with love and compassion. I was assured of God’s love and He provided comfort through His word and prayer following Crystal’s death.
In early 2017, I was invited to attend the first meeting of A New Road Support Group at Immanuel Baptist Church Office
Building. Janice and Doc Steele formed this group for PARENTS who have lost a child. We have learned about the stages of grief and shared our own experiences when we felt like sharing. Meetings are confidential.
As parents who have lost children, we are traveling on a journey we never wanted to be on. We can travel this road together helping each other along the way. It has been a tremendous help to me. I look forward to our monthly meeting. When you are ready, we hope you will join us the 1st Tuesday of each month or join us online.
I walk by faith and not sight into the future one day at a time. There will never come a day, hour, minute, or second I stop loving or thinking about Crystal. Being her mom was a blessing and I am so grateful for the time we shared on earth.
A million thanks to Janice and Doc Steele, Debbie Dunn, and The New Road Support Group.