Our sweet Jaylen's death has changed me. Five things I've learned over the last 2 weeks:
1. When someone is grieving you don't need to say much. Throw your arms around them and tell them you love them and you are so sorry. Nothing you say can change what happened, they probably don't want to have a long conversation, but your expressions of love will mean so much and will honestly carry them through dark days. Pray for them and let them know you pray for them. However, don't make them take on the burden of your grief, try to be a strength to them.
2. YOU can make a difference. The small expressions of kindness and acts of service on our "Spreading Sunshine for Jaylen day" made a HUGE difference for our entire family. It helped us feel happiness and joy and light. on a day that could have been so dark and difficult. Those acts of service were one person at a time and collectively made a huge difference in this world.
3. Love your kids, spend time with them, look them in the eye, let them see your eyes light up when they see you, be their biggest cheerleader and let the little things go. Most of all LOVE and let them know for absolute certain that you love them more than anything.
4. Angels are real. Whether they be angels on earth who lift us and love us or whether they be unseen angels who support us from the other side of the veil, they are very real and carry us through our darkest hours. Prayer is real and so powerful and one of the nicest things you can do for someone who is going through something hard.
5. LOVE is what matters the most. Forgive, embrace, be merciful, give the benefit of the doubt, shower God's love on all those around you, uplift, encourage, stop judging. LOVE is what matters. The.End.