Joy Ware Miller lost her healthy and active thirteen-year-old son as he collapsed from an unknown heart condition at the local YMCA one afternoon in March of 2005. Joy has become one of my treasured friends who brings encouragement, as she has been on this journey several years longer than I have.
In this episode, Joy shares:
- How she kept pushing herself toward God, even when she struggled with being angry at Him when hearing things like, “God is a good God.”
- How hard it can be to see other kids who are her son’s age who have graduated, gotten married and have their own families and what brings her comfort through those moments.
- How she didn’t think she would ever have joy back in her life and ended up writing the book There’s a Party in the Pit and You’re Invited: Learning to Live in the Light When It is Still So Dark.
- What made her decide she needed to figure out how to go from just surviving, to wanting to live again, and even thriving in her life once again.
This week is part one of a two-part series. It was recorded in 2017 for an online event, so the quality will be a bit different, but it is definitely worth sharing with you, our Grieving Parents Sharing Hope family of listeners.
Joy Ware Miller has a powerful message of hope. Joy is a speaker, author, radio host on Hope 100.7 and President of iJoy Inspirations. In 2007, Joy founded Parents On Call, a first “response team” of parents who have endured the loss of a child. Their son Christopher, at age thirteen, in 2005, died suddenly while playing basketball at the local YMCA. Unfortunately, parents who have lost children understand the depth of heartache and sorrow this kind of loss brings. Parents On Call is designed to be uplifting and supportive. Joy is also the founder of Helping Hurting Hearts Heal and Retreats On The Go. When she is not speaking or writing, Joy enjoys life with her husband Charles and daughters Lauren and Olivia.
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