Angelchild Legacies is dedicated to the memory of my daughter, Meica Bristol. Launched a year after her death and in the week of her birthday (August 27, 1998), it is a tribute to her and other Angelchildren.
It had become apparent to me within months of Meica's death that others were quickly forgetting my child. As a parent, I could not let that happen. As a web designer it would have been easy for me to put her memoriam on the web, but I was also thinking of the children of 2 friends who had lost their children in the same year we had lost Meica. I, and they, may want to have their children included too. In discussions with other parents, it became apparent that a site containing legacies would be cathartic for the parents, and yet enlightening and uplifting for others to read.
Parents who had not lost a child had some thoughts too. "Chicken soup..." my sister said, referring to the 'chicken soup' book series after I had described the site and what it would try to do. She described 'chicken soup' books as stories that may make you sad, but that you always came away with something from the writings. Another woman who works for the Cancer Society and who herself has a daughter who is very ill stated that she thought it would be helpful for persons who are in the process of losing a child. How worthwhile the project seemed to be and it began to take shape.
From those beginnings, Angelchild was born and here on these pages is what it has become. Angelchild is not intended to be a mourning of the loss of a loved one, but instead a celebration of their life. It is a listing of their legacy, how they made this a better place to live for others because they were here. I hope we evoke hope in the human spirit rather than deep sadness at the loss of our children. It is intended to uplift you, to enlighten you, to inspire you to create your own legacy.
So, please read of our children, we are proud of them and their legacies.