Instructions for Handling My Son’s Death

On April 16th, 2005, Carter James Tiedeman was born. It’s been 8 months since his passing, and today would have been his 8th birthday.

I wrote this post in response to the news that Carter would soon die.

It only seemed appropriate to re-post it today.

Notes from the Pastor's Office

***This isn’t written with everyone in mind, but all are welcome to read it.***

IMPORTANT: Carter, my son, is still alive and well–smiling as he ALWAYS does.

That being said, last Tuesday, my wife and I received some discouraging news.  While our son–Carter (7)–has a healthy heart, his brain will eventually stop controlling it.  Most of the people who will read this will have had some knowledge of Carter’s life.  It has been full of struggles to overcome this or that.  Cerebral Palsy is a condition which leads to all types of medical struggles–great or small–and Carter has tangled with many of them.

We were told very early on that Carter would not make it to age 5.  Being that we recently celebrated his 7th birthday, you can already tell that Carter has spent much of his life proving doctors wrong.  The most recent diagnosis he received is the…

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