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My Regret


My wife and I had a friend, who has since gone her own way, and she had a small child prematurely and was at that hospital every day, every hour, every minute she could give. Finally, Madeleine came home. In two months she died from SIDS. We met Melanie at the hospital to help her through that time. I carried Madeleine to her final resting place. Later, after Melanie joined a SIDS group at the hospital, she came to us and asked that we go with her to attend a prayer - the hospital was planting a tree for each SIDS group, and the families would be there to say final words, a prayer and hang something of meaning on the limb of the tree. We went.

Each family was in immense pain and the words were soaked in emotion, sadness, release... There was a couple in front of us - and no one behind us - and probably five other families about this tree. I heard the couple speak but could not hear there words - I was completely focused on the face of their living child, around 9, a little girl who was staring up into the faces of her parents. It was such a powerful look - it was a Human Moment. I watched grieve in silence with her parents - saw her father's shoulders sob - and then - there was a whisper in or behind my right ear that was calm, distinct and loving - it said "Tell them Michael will be ok...". I was stunned. I looked around and there was no one around behind or next to us. I just stood there - and did not say what I was asked to say. I am saddened every day I think of this event - because I failed to act. I am not sure why - maybe I thought I was going crazy - felt fearful to stand up and speak out. But those words, had I spoken them, may have lifted immense pain from this family. I failed. I regret this one day, this one failure to act, more than any event or mistake in my life. It was surreal. The voice was there - I heard it - and apparently ONLY I heard it after some later discussion with my wife and our friend. I am still stunned today. But I know what I heard - and how it sounded. I will not fail that again...

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Gloria (guest)
14 years ago (2009-11-24)
Try this, even if this happened decades ago: Call the hospital, seek out someone who has info on the SIDS support groups. Give any info you can, such as time and place of get-together, for them to retrieve the list of members and their deceased children. Tell them your message and ask that if there's a deceased Michael that they pass on your message. Give your own contact info in case Michael's parents want to call you back. Even late, the message may comfort the parents. Perhaps they are only ready for it now.
After your present self has tried all it can to convey the message, you may forgive your younger less wise self for not being as mature as you are now.
Then do something charitable or kind to relieve a similar amount of pain in other people.
olygraham (guest)
15 years ago (2009-11-12)
Thank you all for your comforting comments... I appreciate your efforts
nathanyoung55 (1 stories) (3 posts)
15 years ago (2009-10-25)
Do not have any form of regret. The voice spoke to you because it could not get through to the bereaved because of their grief. It will get through to them, just takes time.
You are so lucky and may hear other messages in the future. Like a swimmer entering cold water, you do not have to dive in. Just the fact that you visit sites such as this means you are a spiritual person and have the discernment to be able to take your time.
secretangel (8 posts)
15 years ago (2009-10-22)
Thank you for a very touching story. Dont regret what happened. I believe if something is meant to happen it will, if it is supposed to happen at that precise time it will. You may find yourself in a similar gathering with the same people and an inner voice voice will tell you now is the time to tell them.

I hope that makes sense.

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