The greatest moments of my life were bringing my two children into the world. However, the day that firmly divided my life into “before and after” occurred on March 12, 2014. On this day, my husband and I woke up and discovered that our beautiful son did not. Drew was the axis around which our world revolved; he was full of life and had so much love to give. Yet at the age of fifteen months he was gone, taken away in his sleep as a result of what we now know was Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). In an instant, loss became a thread woven throughout the entire fabric of our lives.
When Drew was with us, our world was filled with the tornado of activity only a happy and healthy toddler can bring.
When Drew was with us, our world was filled with the tornado of activity only a happy and healthy toddler can bring. That morning, we brutally transitioned to a place we didn’t know—a house filled with friends and family trying to help us navigate a journey no parent should ever have to travel. We were good people, good parents, but suddenly our child was gone. Why?
Drew was a pint-sized embodiment of pure love.
There is no way to describe the pain that reverberated throughout my body that day. I looked at the little red piano Drew “played” constantly and I ached for him to toddle into the room and start banging away on it, even if just for a second. Drew was a pint-sized embodiment of pure love. Being a New Orleans baby, nothing made him happier than listening or dancing to music. To honor Drew, we channeled our energy into starting Drew’s Tunes, a foundation that provides musical instruments to children and supports clinical research into SUDC.
Having something to focus on allowed us to proceed with love and enabled us to bring joy into the lives of others, just like Drew did each day of his fifteen months with us. We have seen the delight, the hope, and the happiness on the faces of so many children and are thankful Drew’s love of music lives through them.
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Our grieving for Drew will never end, but the intensity ebbs and flows for us now.
My family’s story does not have a neat and tidy ending. Our grieving for Drew will never end, but the intensity ebbs and flows for us now. We will never see him achieve the milestones many take for granted. We will not be able to post one of those first-day-of-school pictures that take over news feeds each year. We will never see Drew get married. We will never once know what it is like to have the simple joy of both of our children in one place. We still cry, but we also laugh each day as well. Time has shown me one thing quite clearly—none of us know much about the future, but every day with your family is a precious gift.
I am so proud to celebrate Drew’s life, but my arms ache for him.
My journey is not what I envisioned, but despite loss, my “after” is still a beautiful life. Drew has taught me that our loved ones gone too soon still have the ability to change the world. Drew has shown me that love can guide you from the darkest of places. His legacy has brought some of the most amazing people into my life and they are a constant reminder of all the good we are blessed to have around us. Of all the little boys in the world, even knowing it would be for such a short time, I would always choose Drew.
Every. Single. Time.
Georgia Boswell hails from Minden, Louisiana, but she has been proud to call New Orleans home for fourteen years. Georgia has a sales background in both the hospitality and medical industries. She has been happily married to her husband, Devron, for nine years and they have two beautiful children, Emmaline and Drew. Drew passed away from what has been attributed to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) on March 12, 2014. Georgia and Devron founded Drew’s Tunes with the two-fold purpose of providing musical instruments to children and supporting research on the cause and possible prevention of SUDC. Since its origin, the foundation has placed thousands of instruments into the hands of children. Each March they honor Drew with a special tribute called, #twinkletribute4drew. You can learn more about it here.