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Many people have been deeply touched by Linda Robertson’s message of love as she speaks out and tells her story about learning to really love her gay son, Ryan.

(If you are reading this and are not familiar with the Robertson family you should read Linda’s blog Just Because He Breathes).

Today is the 4th anniversary of Ryan’s death and today I grieve with Linda.


To: Linda Robertson

From: Liz Dyer

One of the things many people say helps bring a measure of comfort and healing in the midst of overwhelming grief is remembering their loved ones.
Today I am praying that you will find comfort and healing as you take some time to remember Ryan and the blessings that he brought to you and others.
I am not Jewish but I love how this traditional Jewish Memorial Prayer captures the beauty of the act of remembering loved ones that we have lost:

Traditional Jewish Memorial Prayer 

In the rising of the sun and it’s going down, we remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and the chill of the Winter, we remember them.

In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, we remember them.

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of Summer, we remember them.

In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of Autumn, we remember them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them.

As long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,

as we remember them.