I have struggled with the sorrow of my son’s death. It seems that society just waves away the importance of life. My child has died and it seems that his very existances is denied. I believe that God gave me a special gift, a son. God created my son for a special reason. I may not fully understand that reason right now, but I believe his life is worth celebrating and sharing. I would like to encourage others to create obituaries for their unborn children. We believe life begins at conception so let us not let these children die without recognizing their importance, thier purpose. Don’t let society believe these children are not alive or precious. They exist from conception and they are our sons and daughters. I held my son after giving birth to him. He fit in the palm of my hand. I washed his little body and kissed his tiny head good-bye.
Joseph Marie, son of Greg and Dana , died fourteen weeks after conception. Joseph leaves behind two sisters; Mahkenna and Mia, and one brother, Jack. He was preceded in death by his sister Theresa.
Joseph accomplished so much in his fourteen weeks. He began life at conception as a single cell. He grew leaps and bounds in his short life. At his death he was about six inches long and weighed about three ounces. His little fingers and toes were perfectly formed and he even had little toe nails. His little heart pumped 25 quarts of blood each day. He could suck his thumb. He had hair and he was able to blink his little eyes. Joseph attended Mass at St. Michael’s Parish all his life. Before his death Joseph was consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Fr. John Santos. He was born after his death on November 6th, 2006. Joseph’s name has been written in the book of Holy Innocence at the Shrine of Holy Innocence in New York. May our Lord’s perpetual light shine upon Joseph and may he rest in peace.