"Joseph and John Michel are playing together in Heaven" that is what Helen told me yesterday, "and they play with Jesus and they talk about us, how they played with us, here in Amecet".
As a staff, we are struggling with it, have so many questions, but this is how Helen (7) sees it. He is okay, he plays with Jesus in Heaven. I do think we should listen more to children.... (John Michel passed away in Amecet on September 10)
Yesterday was a sad day, we were all glad that the suffering of Joseph was over, but seeing this sweet boy laying on the bed and later in the coffin we had let made, it breaks your heart. We were leaving around 11 am to the village of Joseph. Before we had informed the family about what had happened. We had called them some time ago and they have been visiting Joseph during his last month. Some of the staff was coming and then Sarah, Sylivia and Helen wanted to come along. I first was hesitating, you never know how the people in the village react, but Joseph was their friend, so yes, they also should have the opportunity to bring their friend home. So we all left, it was almost 2 hours drive, Elias came with us because Simon had to go to school (he is studying social welfare). The family was waiting for us. They were sad, we all sat down, the coffin on a mat in the middle and I had to give a report about what has happened. We gave all the medical records and we left the family to mourn. We all have to work trough it, life is going on, we have a house full of children, that is difficult sometimes, it gives you the feeling that you step over it too easy. A good cry and a good night sleep are part of the process, and knowing that God is in control is also a big part of it. The messages here on the Blog and on Facebook are also helping us so much!
And now... we are going to see what this day might bring to us!