Note From An Angel…About An Angel.
Friends of Zachary,
My family and I have been overwhelmed by the continued support, sympathy cards, school posters and instagram messages that keep pouring in. We recently received a hand written note from an angel who was extremely committed to Zachary’s occupational therapy. My family found the note inspiring, comforting and truly from the heart. I felt it was worth sharing…Please read on.
Dear Bernstein Family,
I have sat down to write you several times since last week, but each time I thought I couldn’t say anything about Zach that hasn’t already been said. But then I realized that important things often need to be repeated.
I must first express my deepest sympathies for your loss. I cannot begin to imagine.
And next I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for letting me be a part of Zach’s life. It was a pleasure, honor & privilege to work with him. And thank you for the opportunity to get to know your family. You served as a model for me – your strength & love for each other is something to aspire to, something I pray to be blessed with some day. I was truly in awe of Matthew at the service. You must be so proud to have such great children.
As many people have mentioned – and Mr. Bernstein, you reflected on this in your funeral speech – Zach taught me more than I taught him – that much I am sure of. He taught me about strength, courage & grace. He reinforced the importance of perspective & to remember that life is a gift. And for these things, I am forever grateful.
You mentioned at the service that you consider the community as part of your family now and I hope that you will continue to stay in touch. Please let me know if you continue your fundraising effort. And if you need anything in the future – you know where to find me.
I wanted to share a poem that is often used at Irish / Catholic funerals, that seems to bring me some comfort in Zach’s passing.
“God saw you getting tired & cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you & whispered ‘Come To Me’.
With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best,”
With much love & sincerest condolences
Tricia (Zach’s Occupational Therapist)
“It Takes A Village – 3/12/2014”