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I Will Love You Forever: A True Story about Finding Life, Hope & Healing While Caring for Hospice Babies Kindle Edition
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"I Will Love You Forever is a must-read for anyone who could use reminding that there is abounding beauty left in the world."
–Terri Peters, Contributing Editor at TODAY.com
Cori’s family wrapped around my heart, and her words of struggle and redemption were a gift to read. In I Will Love Your Forever, Jesus’ light shines through the broken places, leaving you hopeful and encouraged!
–Courtney Westlake, author of A Different Beautiful
"Her tremendous story captures the variety of emotions—pain, fear, joy, and peace—that families experience when going through a difficult medical journey with their child."
–Ann Petrie, President/CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities® Eastern Wisconsin
"Cori beautifully portrays how she and her family have found that in giving yourself away to love God and others first, you just might find a purpose big enough for your life. If that is the desire of your heart, I Will Love You Forever is a must read."
–Jeff Jaeger, Senior Pastor at Crossroads Community Church
- ASIN : B074TVMY37
- Publisher : Shiloh Run Press (March 1, 2018)
- Publication date : March 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 905 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 188 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,367 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The basic premise of this story is that in spite of the inevitable death of these terminally ill neonates, if it is possible to remove them from a sterile hospital environment and place them in a loving home situation where they will be loved and held, this should be done, regardless of the baby's apparent unresponsiveness. The first child the Salcherts took in, a baby girl they named Emmalynn, had been born with microcephaly, having nothing but a brain stem. This meant she would never develop and would inevitably die (which did in fact occur in less than two months) but it was deemed worthwhile to have her loved and held, as well as to have her inevitable breathing difficulties and convulsions managed. Cori and Mark and their children did this, and additionally, when the inevitable happened and the little girl died, provided her with an appropriate funeral. The narrative goes on to describe the family's ambivalent and somewhat agonized decisions to take on Charlie and T-bear, both wheelchair-bound little boys who, while not necessarily imminently terminal, were none-the-less in need of constant respiratory support and other drastic measures.
The reader is challenged to confront personal beliefs; as it happens, I was at one time considering adopting a "difficult-to-place" child. At the time, I was keenly aware that I thought I lacked both the patience and the life circumstances to deal with major medical challenges. Later, I observed in awe a colleague who did in fact adopt two significantly impaired children, with whom she coped magnificently. Lacking people with the level of dedication of my friend or Cori Salchert and her amazing family, it is quite clear that very many severely impaired children are, in fact, institutionalized - whether remaining in a vegetative state in long-term care facilities or in other far-from-ideal circumstances. It is hoped that honest and faith-filled books like this one will open our eyes both to the challenges and rewards of this problem in our society.
I’m Mother to a wonderful son who along with his wife are foster parents in Georgia. Being childless after many years of marriage they were told that by serving as a foster home they would have a better chance at adoption. They’ve hosted 8 children now over the years. Several of these were failure to thrive newborns of drug addicted biological mothers. Within months they were at age appropriate weights and were meeting developmental milestones. While I would love to say they were able to adopt, I can’t. After reading this story, I believe my son and daughter in law are living Gods plan for their lives by be wonderful short term parents for more children than they would have had biologically.
Every foster family has a story, wish more would be moved to share theirs. Thank you Lord for giving these families the joy and love to nurture children who are in need of the gifts so many children take for granted.
Cori Salchert's story is a story of love, life, hope and healing. While reading about Cori's background prior to becoming a hospice baby care provider, it became evident to me how God had been preparing Cori for this next phase of her life in which she would care for God's precious little ones that were left behind to die.
This story reminded me that we are all hospice babies brought into this world with our days numbered and death emanate. We all long to be loved. And that's what God offers us through the death and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ.
I Will Love You Forever is a story I will never forget.