Navy sub sponsored by widow of 9/11 co-pilot

December 11, 2009

Our Dad gave me this article last year and I recently found it amid stacks of research and files. It talks about Mrs. Cheryl McGuiness, whose husband was a co-pilot of one of the airliners that crashed into the World Trade Center. She spoke in front of the crew of a new navy submarine in 2008 urging them to endure and persevere. Mrs. McGuiness said, “You can go further in your life than you ever thought before if you were willing to go through the pain, to persevere, and push your way through it.“


I posted this article today to inspire anyone who might be grieving this holiday season. I want you to remember Mrs. McGuiness when you’re crying and feeling alone. I want you to remember Mrs. Mc McGuiness when you miss your loved one this Christmas or Hanukah or on New Year’s. I want you to remember that you are not alone in your grief! As time passes, your feelings will change, as long as you give yourself permission to acknowledge what you are feeling right now. But you have to be willing to feel! 


This will be the seventh Christmas without our sister Shannon. Is it easier than the first one? I can guarantee you it is. However, I still find myself experiencing physical and emotional things like when I hear holiday music or listen to others talk about their family events.   I try to keep in mind that as time passes, she will always be with me in spirit, whispering in my ear that you and I are here for a reason.  


Blessings to you! ~ Michele

TAGS : holidays