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Poems and Stories

"Dear Victoire,

If I were writing this poem to you, and you had not died I would sign it

– With love, Rose

If I were writing this poem to you, before you were born, I would sign it

– Your new big sister, Rose

If I were writing this poem to you and you were sitting right next to me, I would sign it

– xoxo, Rose

If I were writing this poem to you the day of your death I would sign it

– Grieving for you, Rose

If I were writing this poem tomorrow I would sign it

– Looking into the past, Rose

But as I write this poem to you, I think of how to sign it and I remember what your birth,

life, and death have done to me and I sign it

– A stronger human being, Rose"

Also available from the Center:

Grief Songs: Stories, Letters and Poems that Chronicle the Recovery and Survival of a Community After the Sudden Death of a Baby. Written by bereaved parents. Compiled and edited by Kathy Allard Whelan.

Please contact the Center to obtain a copy at no cost.

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