Wednesday, May 26, 2010
After the death of my daughter Cooper I was broken, lost and forever changed. I felt like someone had put their fist through my chest and tore my heart out. Parents are just NOT SUPPOSE to outlive their children. An unknown author once wrote: "When you lose your parent, you lose your past. When you lose your child, you lose your future." I felt I had no future without her and my dreams shattered. I found comfort from other Mommies of Angels. These women are truly amazing and although every person grieves differently each one of these women had a part to play in my return to sanity.In fear that Cooper could possibly be forgotten by others or in fact never known by others I found different ways to Honour her(My Badoo), Music, memorial video on you tube here ,pictures. The world had to know about this perfect lil girl who was here for only a short time but had touched so many. One day I recieved a message from another Bereaved Mother who had seen Cooper's video on Youtube and who had recently lost her son Christian. She asked if she could write Cooper's name in the sand for me. She wrote Cooper's name in the sand at sunset at Burns Beach off the coast of Western Australia. A Beautiful place for a Beautiful spirit.
This small gesture meant the world to me. Carly's selflessness and thoughtfulness truly touched my heart and the photograph is stunning. Although the pain of not having Cooper here to hold will always be there, this photo will always make me smile. Carly Dudley is truly an amazing soul. Cooper's name was one of the first names she wrote in the sand and since then Carly has written over 7000 names and although it's heartbreaking to know that this number will forever grow it's comforting to know that these pictures may bring a smile to the face of a bereaved parent who possibly never thought they could ever smile again.
To read about Carly's story or to make a name request please visit namesinthesand
Carly also draws love hearts in the sand for miscarried or terminated pregnancies.
Carly's personal blog can be found here
I want to thank you Carly for making me smile you are a remarkable woman :)