For as long as I can remember I have longed to be called ‘Mum’ and with each new baby I was living my dream.
Even when I was given the news that this life growing inside me wasn’t developing quite right, I refused to believe anything was wrong and of course everything would be OK. Yet this was not my reality!
Only living such a short life, Jeremiah died, something which was harder than I could have ever imaged or comprehended.
As I journeyed through my grief, I found myself leaning on a team of family members and friends who were willing to walk this road with me. A road which was painful to travel and at times didn’t seem as if I was moving at all.
I discovered the importance of friends that journey, friends who travel with you in your grief, friends that are there in every step to make the journey a little more bearable.
I too, am a friend who is willing to journey. Journey with others in their grief, in their pain and loss. This willingness to journey with others is what has that brought Next Chapter into being.
Even though Jeremiah never uttered a word, I am forever changed because he was. I am stronger, more courageous, more compassionate and convinced more than ever I am called to be ‘mum’.