What Was, What Will Be, What Might Have Been

IMG_6241smallerThis year I have experienced the death of my uncle and the birth of another grandson. The day I am writing this post is the 35th birthday of my son Ryan who died in 1981.

My Uncle Frank was my last relative in the generation before me. He was deeply loved by his family and all who knew him. He finished his life well.

The next generation of my family continues with my precious new grandson. He has wide eyes and a lovely dimpled smile, and I wonder what his new life will become.

When I see others who are the same age as my son Ryan, I always wonder what might have been if he had lived.

We mourn those whose lives are finished and whose lives ended too soon. At the same time, we celebrate the new lives that have joined us. It is all part of the same story of love.

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Dr. Patrick O’Malley is a psychotherapist in Fort Worth, Texas, specializing in grief counseling. For 35 years, he has counseled individuals, couples and families in his private practice. Dr. O'Malley has recently published a book, "Getting Grief Right" about grief recovery.

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