'I held my dead son's body in the middle of a highway'
A GRIEVING mother's letter of advice to other parents following the death of her four-year-old son in a car accident has gone viral.
Ashley Grimm's Facebook post following a car accident on June 2 that claimed the life of one of her five children has clocked up more than 341,000 shares since it was posted on July 16.
Her son Titus was in the car with his mum and his four siblings when it rolled over on a busy American highway on June 3.
Idaho State Police said 31-year-old Ms Grimm was driving the Ford Econoline van when it left the road, flipped over and landed on its roof.
Little Titus was thrown from the vehicle and died immediately.
Ms Grimm wrote about how she always struggled to get her boy to keep his seat-belt on.
"My son was notorious for doing everything he could to unbuckle in the car: 'The Flash doesn't wear a seat-belt, and I'm the Flash, mama'," she said.
"We tried five-point harness seats, boosters, I believe even zip ties at one point (probably not safe either) but he always viewed it as a superhero challenge.
"He was a superhero because he always succeeded.
"On average, I would usually pull over three or four times on any given trip to firmly make him buckle up again. "
Ms Grimm went on to describe the accident.
"We were only five minutes out when a large rock rolled into my lane.
"I had three choices: try to straddle the rock, move to the oncoming lane which was a double line large curve with an angry river at the other side. Rock, head on collision, river.
"I chose the rock. I chose wrong … my son was instantly gone.
"Our lives were instantly ripped apart.
"The little boy who had been my pride and joy was cruelly taken from me in a matter of seconds."
Ms Grimm's long post goes on to describe the heart-ache of burying her child before she urges other parents to hug their kids as much as possible, take time to play with them and even allow them to not always eat their broccoli.
"I feel led to write this to all you mamas because I have a longing to look each of you in the eyes and tell you this: 'Hold your babies tight'," she said.
"That's all I want to shout to the world.
"I have held my dead son's body in the middle of a highway while I rocked him and screamed, no ordered, God to bring him back.
"I have chosen a funeral plot for my four-year-old boy as I contemplated jumping from the cliff the cemetery overlooks just so I could be where he is.
"I have purchased a $200 superhero outfit for my son to wear as he decomposes in the earth.
"I have kissed a corpse over and over and wept as I traced over every feature of his ice cold face and held his still dimpled, but lifeless hands.
"I have slept in a cemetery just to try and take one more nap with him. I talk to the dirt. To the ground where he lies with his lovey blanket and his avengers outfit."
Read the full letter here: https://www.facebook.com/ashley.grimm.1460
- APN NEWSDESK