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Be grateful, Just For Today

Just for today, I will try to live through the next 24 hours...not expecting to get over my child's death, but learning to live with day at a time

Just for today, I'll remember my child's life, not his death, and bask in the comfort of the treasured days and moments we shared.

Just for today, I will reach out to comfort a relative or friend of my child. For they are hurting too, and perhaps we can help each other.


Just for today, I will free myself from my self-inflicted burden of guilt. For deep in my heart, I know if there was anything in this world I could have done to save my child from death, I would have done it.

Just for today, I will honor my child's memory by doing something with another child, be it my own, or someone else's, because I know that would make my child proud.

Just for today, I will offer my hand in friendship to other bereaved parents, for I DO know how they feel.

Just for today, I will matter how much I hurt on the inside...for maybe if I smile a little, my heart will soften and I will begin to heal.

Just for today, I will allow myself to be happy and enjoy myself, for I know I am not deserting my child

Just for today, I will accept that I did NOT die when my child did. My life did go on and I am the ONLY one who can make that life worthwhile again.


I always have been and always will be forever thankful for the amazing son that I had for nearly 6 years. There are people so much more worse off than me. Maybe just for today, we could all be grateful for what we have as tomorrow is never guaranteed xx

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Just A Virus??????

I don’t want to die and my son grow up without me. How would someone tell him that I had died? How would be cope without me there? Who would look after him? As a parent, these are things that cross our minds but it had never really crossed my mind that my son would die and I would have to live without him.

Why would it? My son was born a healthy little boy, for 5 years he was a healthy little boy with no health conditions. Like every child, he caught colds and bugs but he a...lways bounced back. Like every child, I would take him to the doctors and hear the words “it’s just a virus, give him paracetamol”. Like every parent, I thought my son would bury me one day, I never thought I would bury my son but on the 19th of December 2012 my son died from “just a virus” an “everyday cold and flu virus”. He went to school that day, he was happy and healthy, went to bed with a temperature and never woke up again. Before my son died, I had no idea that its not “just a virus”, a virus can be deadly and I want every parent to know what I didn’t.

For 3 years, have been trying to raise awareness about viruses. Yes, people may say that it is rare for a virus to kill people but my son died from one and nobody can tell me why or what made that virus kill him. I don’t want another child to lose their life like Jack did and I don’t want another doctor or nurse to use the line “it’s JUST a virus”

I am asking you all to share this post with your family and friends and also to share your experiences of viruses on this post. It is only together that we can make a difference.

Arlene, Jack’s Mummy xx

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Thinking of all parents

4 years ago, I lived in a bubble and didn't think that children died. 4 years on, I wish I still lived in that bubble 💔

As Facebook fills with nursery and school pictures like these over the next few days, take a moment to think about those children who are no longer here to start nursery, school, high school or university.

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Tomorrow is never guaranteed

You complain about having to do the school clothes shopping,
I wish I had go shopping for my sons school clothes.

You complain about how stressful it is shopping for school shoes,
I wish my sons schools shoes hadn't been sitting at my front door for 3 years waiting for him to come home.


You say things like "yes the schools are going back" "peace and quiet" "time to celebrate"
I wish I could have just one more hour with my son to cuddle him, kiss him, hear his voice and tell him that I loved him.

As the schools prepare to go back, take a moment to appreciate the child you have infront of you. Take a moment to appreciate the quality time you have with them.

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