A Message to My Wife
By Don Hackett 
The years of our marriage are few
When measured against a lifetime.
We have encountered joy and shared confidence in our future.
We have known hope’s ending and have borne the death of dreams.
We have, together, been diminished.
Even minor aspirations have eluded our grasp
In the cruel shadow of the loss of our child.
Yet, we still share our lives,
And though the brightness we once knew has fled,
We have grown enough to sense a return of laughter-
An uplifting to shatter the dimness, to remind us
That tomorrow will come and dreams may again be born.
TCF The Compassionate Friends National Office