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A lot of people talk about when life begins. Some say it begins at conception. Love, however, can begin a long time before that. You can love the idea of a child, the notion, the plans for a future. You can love the dreams and the hopes. Similarly, although a life has a definitive ending, love does not.

Even when a child is taken from us far too early the love remains, the traces that they were there remain in our hearts and minds, because love is not tied to a finite space of time. It doesn't know days, weeks, hours. All love knows is the beauty of another being and the pain of the loss of them.

The only comfort we can take from all of this is that if our love for a child is not linked with how long they are alive for, it makes sense that neither is their love for us. That is how love endures, and surrounds us all everyday, and helps us survive the difficult business of living on without them. So today is a day for tears and healing and remembering the spaces in our hearts where those we love never die.
A friend of mine lost her son and asked me to write and record myself reading something to be played at the memorial. This is what I wrote, posting it here for posterity.


Sending love to that friend, and her son. :rose:
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
<3
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haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't even know what to say.

This is perfect. :heart:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Thank you, it was very hard but an honour to be asked to write.
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Rainbow-Slash-Pegasi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Wow... Very well written...
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
:D Yay!
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ax0l0tl Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
there was a boy who I went to school with who died unexpectedly at a young age and his initials were also JB.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
:tighthug: Sorry to hear that
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Aurora9912 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
:rose:
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WinterLeave Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful!
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
:] Thanks!
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WinterLeave Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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fluffy333 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful. :rose:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
:love: Aw, thank you!
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fluffy333 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.:)
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camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heartbreaking and beautiful. :huggle:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
God - thank you :tighthug:
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camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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You're welcome.
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RuntOfTheLitter Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Very nicely done and said! I lost a brother who died at age six. When we were all trying to make sense out of someone so young passing, my now late father said, "Aren't you glad you had him for six years instead of never?" WISE man, my late father.

ROTL
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Nods, my sister died when I was 7. :tighthug:
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Svartulf Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013   General Artist
Having lost my own child at a very young age I definitely appreciate and thank you for sharing this piece.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
God :tighthug: I'm sorry
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
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nldarkstripe Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Thats so sad... and beautiful....

please tell your friend that you have the love of everyone on here...

because i know its a fact she has mine ):
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
I didn't post her name because its not my place to, but she has seen this and she knows, so thank you <333
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nldarkstripe Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
I am very happy about that and hoped that I helped
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TrinitySage Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Aww, this is very sweet! It made me cry Heart
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
:tighthug: Sorry!
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TrinitySage Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh no, it's okay! I was moved by your touching words!
Your friend must have really appreciated them at the funeral...Waaaah!
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cerealnovels Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
"although a life has a definitive ending, love does not." So much truth in this. Thank you for sharing.  
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
:tighthug: Thank you for commenting
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GhostOfTheEmptyGrave Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
It's really beautiful. I had to wipe a (manly) tear from my eye. Tears 
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
:tighthug: Thank you
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GhostOfTheEmptyGrave Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
You're welcome :)
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TwilightPoetess Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You did so well on this--I struggled. I wanted to write something....but I couldn't figure out what to say, and thinking about it too much brought my own experiences too close for comfort.  Good job on this, honey--I know she'll appreciate it. :heart:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
:tighthug: God, sorry hon :[ :tighthug:
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TwilightPoetess Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's okay, it's not your fault. :huggle:
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your friend will cherish these thoughts.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
She did :tighthug: Thanks
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vicente-oliveira Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Intense ... deep, touching. Love your writing Kate A Flower for You 
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
:tighthug: Thank you so so much. It was very important to get it right.. I dont think its quite perfect but its enough, and its from the heart.
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vicente-oliveira Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It feels like that :hug:
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cskadoz Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013   General Artist
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gather ye, friends and family, share his/her favorite snacks and your fondest memories, thus celebrating him/her.
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MagicalJoey Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013   Writer
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Oreochema Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! This is incredible! It actually kind of reminds me of a poem I wrote a couple of years ago: oreochema.deviantart.com/art/W…

But seriously, though. You're perfectly right. Keep up the great work!
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