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If tears could build a stairway,
And memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to Heaven
And bring you home again.
~Author Unknown (from quotegarden.com)
Personal Touch with Rebecca Cressman segment, she interviews Lori Paulsen. Lori is raising four beautiful children. But it is the son she didn't get to raise that changed the way she sees life and death. In 2004, Lori and her husband, Lars, were expecting a son, but an ultrasound revealed that their unborn child had a heart and brain growing outside of his body. Doctors informed the couple that the child they named "Lars" would not survive. The Paulsen’s decided to continue with the pregnancy and to celebrate each day of his unborn life by sharing special moments and experiences with him. Their unique plan was so inspiring that it influenced the way a family bereavement support program called Angel Watch counsels parents who receive the heartbreaking diagnosis that their child will most likely not survive outside the womb. Lori has written two yet unpublished books, Chapsticks in Heaven, and Catching a Fallen Star, that share her families journey celebrating life in the face of death.
“You won't forget your baby, but hopefully you'll forget the raw edges of pain cutting into your heart when you lost your baby.” We go through so much sadness, and sometimes there are no words to console someone who's going through a hard time. If you have a friend that is suffering alone, go hug her, tell her that you love her, and let her mourn. Just be there for her. She will appreciate it.
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