For 4+ years I have watched as my husband and children are forgotten.
Their lose and pain goes unacknowledged. I have made it part of my mission to use my voice as a Gold Star Mother to make people aware that Fathers and siblings have also lost someone they love very much.
I had to stand and watch as in one moment my son lost not only his brother but his best friend. I had to listen the painful wail of my daughter as she begged me for it to be wrong because she lost her brother and hero. I had to watch my youngest try to understand death and why his best buddy couldn’t take him for icees anymore.
I watch still as my husband tries to come to terms that he lost a son and a part of his legacy.
I lost my baby.. my oldest but so many of us share this pain and for some reason society centers me out and comforts me but forgets my son Micheal had a whole family not just a mom.