My wife passed away from cancer last Monday and I took over the sponsorship, how do I explain this to our sponsor child?

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My wife passed away from her long bout with cancer on October 29th (day after my birthday). We have been sponsoring a young girl the past 3 years and my wife was the sponsor and wrote all the letters. The little girl is now 11 years old this December. She does know about me so that is a good thing. I took over the sponsorship but I am struggling with how I am going to write this beautiful young girl who loved my wife so dearly and always told my wife how she keeps her letters in a special place. How do I write this and how will compassion help with telling the girl about my wife's passing? She is going to be heartbroken. Thanks. Craig
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You are wonderful to be thinking about the pain of others at this time when you have lost so much.  Do you know the login to her account? if so, you could log on and write the letters there. Otherwise, you can write it on paper. Just be sure to put Sponsor ID, Child Name and ID on the top.  -- Do you want to call Compassion and have them change the name on the account? Did the child know your wife was ill? That might help ease the shock. Otherwise -- tell her how much your wife loved the child, and how much joy the child brought her even at the end of her life. Introduce yourself. Do you know what you plan to do about the sponsorship in the future? if you plan to take over, let her know. Point her towards God -- our comforter who is always present.  Send pictures if you can -- a final picture of your wife. A picture of you. Or maybe you with your wife.  The children love to see pictures of us and know what life is like for us.
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Hi Sarah,

Thank you so much for your response. It is greatly appreciated. I do have an account with Compassion and have had Keyri switched over to me. I am just having problems trying to figure out what to tell her. Tina did not let Keyri know she was ill. I have taken over the sponsorship and will be doing it from now on. Your ideas are wonderful on how I should proceed in telling Keyri about Tina. Again thank you so very much for your response it has helped a great deal. Even though I am struggling, being married for 23 years and together for 28 since we were 15 years old, I know Tina would want me to make sure Keyri was taken care of.