You Have a Purpose…We All Do



The hardest month of the year for me has just passed! Whew, so happy it is over. I guess we are “lucky” to have both Mandy’s Anniversary and Birthday in one month… I’m here, and happy about it, ready to face tomorrow.

Although this walk has been difficult, it has also been a gift in many ways. Ok, before you throw the newsletter down, give me a chance. I’m not trying to gloss over what has happened in all of our lives, I’m trying to accept what has happened, and how it has been positive in my life. No, Mandy’s death will never be positive, but the kindness, love, and understanding that has come from it is positive, and for that I am thankful.

I have had so many people come into my life who I never would have met. Some may have only walked in and out, but in that time I got to know the joy and sorrow and hope of many people. Hopefully, I offered some hope for tomorrow. Some may have walked in and out of my life several different times bringing me joy and hope.

Others have become part of my life forever—for that I am so thankful.

“I have to believe that all of us have a purpose.”

The people who have become a part of my life are friends I would have never known without this path I’m on. They have become glue in both Bob’s and my lives. Glue that holds us together when we are ready to fall apart. Glue that helps us know we are not walking alone, but with others who are glued together to us. Without you, my dear friends, I would not be who I am today.

I have to believe that all of us have a purpose. Mandy had a purpose and, thankfully, I was a part of that purpose. I have a purpose. Whether my purpose is friendship or glue for others I know that I’m doing the best that I can, and hopefully I have helped someone along their path.

You too, have a purpose! For new grievers it’s hard to see or even think about now. But as you go on, you will look back and see that your child gave you a purpose. A gift you did not ask for, but one that is a blessing to others on the same journey.

Thank you to all of you who have been there for me!

Without you, I’m not sure I’d make it.




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