Dear Berns Family,
Thank you for providing this space to communicate with you.
Please accept heartfelt condolences on Sam's passing.
I am unable to imagine or comprehend how you must feel. But, if I may, I'd like to share my feeling and thoughts with you.
Until yesterday afternoon, I was (not so) blissfully ignorant about the existence of Sam Berns. Within a span of a few hours, I went from what I can only describe as pre-Sam to post-Sam existence! Very few events and/or people have had that kind of impact upon me. I am blessed enough to recognize a significant life moment when I encounter one. 'Sam Berns' is not merely such a 'moment' but a veritable force-field of irresistible love! I didn't stand a chance! In a short few hours, I went from not knowing anything about him to falling in love with the kid, your kid! I went from crying at what I felt was too much to bear and so unfair, to smiling and being gently, but very surely, pulled into the magical spell of love cast by Sam! And, where there's love, all good things are possible! When I finished watching the documentary, I had already become a different person. Hence the 'post-Sam' comment earlier.
Then, I made the mistake of googling Sam. I was NOT prepared for the kind of heart-wrenching pain I experienced when I saw that he had passed away in January this year. Oh, I have lost loved ones. But, I have very very rarely been wracked with the kind of grief, pain and sense of loss that I experienced upon seeing the google 'hits' come back with news of Sam's passing. I allowed myself to cry. I felt such ache for you two, as well. I wished I could give you both a hug, a silent hug. So, I looked for you, and eventually found this guestbook. However, I didn't write you yesterday because I didn't want to write from just emotion. So, I slept on it, so to speak.
In between, I prayed for Sam's heart and soul to be in peace. I have no doubt that he's in the Divine Loving Embrace right now! I also prayed for your healing and for your strength, and for help to come your way in your effort to find the cure for progeria.
This morning, the first thing I thought of was Sam's eyes and smile. Naturally, I was already smiling when I awoke. I knew Sam had become a part of my life. So, here I am today, presenting my testimony to the magnitude of influence that Sam has upon us, his spirit siblings. His influence is still unfolding.... I am most grateful to God, and to you his parents, for Sam ! I believe God made him extra-special so we could all realize that God exists!
So, what now? To demonstrate my gratitude to God for Sam, I'm doing what I CAN do (taking to heart Sam's philosophy for a happy life). I have spoken to Kyra at PRF about becoming a volunteer; it would be a privilege to help PRF even in a small way.
I think the world is getting better one smile at at time, thanks to Sam!
In heartfelt gratitude & prayer,
touched by your angel
Continuing to pray for healing,
touched by your angel