Olivia: Grieving for a Child: AfterTalk Inspirational 9.26.18

Olivia: Grieving for a Child

Editor’s Note: this is one of three songs by Nathan Peterson we will be publishing. We believe they are profoundly moving, especially for those who have experienced the loss of a child

Nathan and Heather had a baby with Trisomy 18, also called Edwards Syndrome, a chromosomal disorder, which is terminal. They were told to plan for her funeral when they went to have her in the hospital. They did not think she Olivia: Grieving for a Childwould live till her birth. Olivia did live. She defied what the doctors said. And instead of dying on the first day, or the first week, or month, she lived till her first birthday. Then at 14 months she got sick. She recovered but when she got sick again, she was not strong enough.

When asked why they named her Olivia, her brother said, “because it has the word life in it. O liv i a. We want her to live.”
Nathan wrote a book following her death called “Dance Again.” His first book “So Am I” was about their life with Olivia and about facing fears.



“So am I” by Nathan Peterson is available on Amazon at: CLICK HERE

To Visit Nathan’s website CLICK HERE

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