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To Heal Is Not Mine

To heal is not mine....
With the words;
"In time you will heal",
many try to console me.
Though said with all good intent,
there is no consolation;
only hurt and anger I feel.
For those words translate to me;
that there should be a limit
to my grief and that in time...
I should be okay with my loss.
To heal is to.....
cure, make well, restore;
those words.... those utterances
have no relevancy to my loss.
So to heal is not mine.

Oh...but there is a promise
that the future holds I'm told,
hence; in all desperation and
with all might I grasp hold;
just as a frightened child clutches
the strong and secure hand
of her towering father.
The promise of a perfect and
everlasting healing...when life 
to many sleeping in death
will surely be restored.
So alas until then....
To heal is not mine.

By; Joan Marie Peranteau (mommy)
Dedicated to and written in regards to my son
Nathaniel Blaine Gibson.


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  1. Date: 7/15/2014 5:38:00 PM

    I know i it may seem meaningless, but I feel your pain, Richard said what I feel so eloquently, No words can heal, so as I could say so much more I will simply offer you a hug.
  1. Date: 7/12/2014 9:41:00 AM

    During grief a listening and compassionate ear offers the most healing. The hard part about such a profound loss is that people don't know how to react and as a result the person in the midst of the loss feels even more isolated. I hope you are surrounded by listening compassionate friends.
  1. Date: 7/9/2014 12:56:00 AM

    Hi JoanMarie, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. This is a very beautiful, sad write. Please take care of yourself. Kika
  1. Date: 7/9/2014 12:38:00 AM

    Hi JoanMarie, this is such a beautiful but heart-wrenching write about the loss of your precious child. As a mother I can feel your pain and ask you to please accept my sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers go out to you in your grief. Best wishes.
  1. Date: 7/5/2014 12:19:00 PM

    very emotional piece which send a reassuring message that we are able to.. not withstanding....i like the line "that there would be a limit to my grief in time" very good write Mommy