Kind and Gentle Soul

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August 16th marks the one year anniversary of Jared’s death.  Kelli recently commented that it seems like yesterday… and yet at the same time seems a lifetime ago.  It is strange how time plays tricks like that.  Kelli describes Jared as intuitive.  As a old soul.  As a kind and gentle soul.

This song was written by a mold, chemical sensitivity, and debilitating EMF sensitivity survivor Sara Riley Mattson.  The song was written as a memorial to her friend’s mom when she passed.  It hauntingly speaks to the void left when a person leaves this earth.  Sara battled suicidal depression, chronic migraines and PTSD.  Jared would be so proud of Sara.  Sara shares “I had a happy ending.  The health I have now is more than I ever hoped for.”  She is Somebody!  The lyrics are poignant.  Please click Kind and Gentle Soul to listen to the song.

Long walks and long talks
Felt like I did the talking while you walked beside me
And if I’m strong, it’s because you always helped me carry on

And I’ve thought for some time
There’s no lovelier sight than when you’d smile
And the joy in your eyes
And your generous heart
So beautiful inside and out

A kind and gentle hearted soul
Is who we’ve all been so lucky to know
And I’m so glad I got to be your friend
But I can’t pretend I’m not going to miss you

I’ve been looking back at photographs
So much love in your eyes when you looked at dad
You’re singing and laughing
I can tell that you’re happy

And I’ve thought for some time
There’s no lovelier sight than when you’d smile
And the joy in your eyes
And your generous heart
So beautiful inside and out

A kind and gentle hearted soul
Is who we’ve all been so lucky to know
And I’m so glad I got to be your friend
But I can’t pretend I’m not going to miss you

Sara is a talented warrior, musician, and author.  She recently published a book about her experience with illness and recovery.   Please click Camp Like a Girl for the link to her book.  She also has a new book, Migraine, A Memoir of Healing, due out October 9th.

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8 thoughts on “Kind and Gentle Soul”

  1. Keeping you and the kids in my thoughts & prayers today, Kelli. I know Jared is so very proud of your fight to educate all about this horrific illness. You are a hero to so many of us. Take care, and we will see you again when you are ready. ❤️

  2. Praying for you and your family Kelli! I pray that God will bring you some joy today. We love you! Thank you for fighting for the mold community.

  3. Kelli, you and your family are in my thoughts, in my prayers. I believe that the work we and others are are doing to help people who are sick from mold will save lives and help people to get better. You are a tireless fighter. Sending hugs.

  4. I am so sorry i missed seeing this yesterday …my thoughts love and prayers are with you ….hugs to you the song is beautiful i am so very sorry that he left and i dont know what to say my heart is so sad for you

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