When Collin got sick, we spent many overnights and weekends with them as a family. We didn’t have a big part in Collin’s physical care because he always looked more comfortable in his parents’ arms and eventually in the arms of his nurses. We could tell he preferred his parents touch above all else. I wished I could have held him more often, that’s one of my regrets. A big part of our support was spending time with Kendra, Collin’s younger sister. We live one and a half hours away and we would jump in the car and stay for a week or weekend. We spent many overnights and weekends and had Kendra at home with us in our town of Markesan. We developed a very special relationship with her and after Collin’s passing, we really miss that time.
We have a close connection with our church friends and they were our support during this difficult time. Our prayer life also sustained us in our journey.
Grandpa and I and most of the family were with Collin when he went to heaven. We were deeply saddened by his passing, but glad he is free of pain. I can picture him running all over heaven.
Grandparents should spend as much time as possible with the little ones and give their children moral support. Praying is essential.
Nancy (Judy Cushman’s mom) Collin