I finally understand the incredible poignancy of Hamilton. And the most meaningful words to me are these:
But when you’re gone who remembers your name?
Who keeps your flame?
Who tells your story?
We all have a story. And, while most of us will not be part of history, our story is just as important to our loved ones because it keeps us alive long after we’re gone.
I’m fully aware that it’s my duty to tell Brooke’s story, to keep her flame.
I’m also fully aware that it’s totally backwards. The loss of Brooke remains so devastating that sometimes those who love her the most have the most difficult time talking about her.
To quote another phrase from Hamilton, It’s Quiet Uptown, “We’re trying to live the unimaginable.” Yet for bereaved parents, it is imaginable. It is real. And the only thing that keeps us going is remembering that our child existed, our child was real, our child mattered and will always matter.
Every bereaved parent has the same fear… that their child will be forgotten.
So we keep their flames.
But we tell their story.
So if you know a parent who has lost a child, listen to their stories. Better yet, tell their stories, too.
Because Brooke has a story that inspires us all, let’s continue to tell it. Remember her laugh, her love, her essence, and together we can keep her flame burning bright in our hearts and minds forever.