Wes & Bretta,
Although nothing can take away the pain of Patrick's loss, you should know that your song has helped me. I am dealing with some things just now that are a bit tough. But I have watched this song unfold, and it has shown me what uncommon grace, wisdom, and strength look like. While I choose not to go into detail, let it suffice to say that you have helped me find a path that I must pass along on. Thank you.
With regard to young Patrick, I have expressed HERE my feelings on it. But there is a custom I have followed that may help. When I lose a precious voice in my life, I begin to listen for that voice in others. You may find it in Brendan, or another, but Patrick's voice is there for you. You may hear it in other children that need your special brand of love. It may come in the cry for your wisdom from one who is sorting out their own problems. Listen for it, respond, and you will never be without your precious son.
I grieve with you and I celebrate that short, very special life with you.