As I see all of the “Back to school” photos and posts on Facebook, Instagram, etc. this morning, I cannot help but to wonder about those parents whose hearts are hurting as they are not joining the ranks of the proud posters boasting, “First day of ___ Grade! *Tears!” It is possible these parents have tears not of pride but of heartache because their child is not returning to school this year. Their child would have been going into 4th grade, or his first day of high school, but tragedy robbed this child and parent of that opportunity. Special days like this are often painful reminders for many. I hope parents experiencing this kind of heartache today can find a special way to celebrate their child to help them cope with this day. Perhaps writing a note to their child’s favorite teacher, visiting the grave site, or simply being with a close friend or family member that understands can help you cope with this day. Our hearts and thoughts are with you today.
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