On a warm summer afternoon, I gave birth to my first child, a sweet little boy named Gabriel. Just as doctors had expected, he did not survive the day of his birth. Sadly, Gabriel never took a breath of air, but ironically, it is he who has taught me everything important about life.
Gabriel's beautiful little life taught me how sacred our existence here is. Life is so very short, precious, sweet and beautiful. It is also completely unfair and inexplicably impossible to understand at times. Every life is a sacred and significant journey, no matter how long or short that journey may be. But most of all, life is an opportunity to change the world... to leave an imprint of goodness, or love, or hope, or compassion, or understanding, or anything else we want to leave behind.
I don't yet know what the full purpose of Gabriel's life is. I don't know why God blessed me with the sweetest child, just to take him away far too soon. But I do know that Gabriel's life matters and that long after his death, he will remain alive in my heart and memory.
I truly hope that I can help others by inspiring them to not just grieve their children's deaths, but in time, to learn to rejoice in their beautiful lives.