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New Fairfield couple celebrates a life and mourns a child

There are 31 comments on the story from Sep 12, 2009, titled New Fairfield couple celebrates a life and mourns a child. In it, reports that:

I never met Jack Scherer. But if I had, I imagine he would've been a lot like his parents -- gentle and loving, bright and engaging.

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Mesa, AZ

#1 Sep 12, 2009
This has me crying. I don't know the family at all. Their story resonates w/ me, though, after having two difficult pregnancies and knowing others who have had major struggles and losses. This is a heartbreaking story and I hope they are able to find some comfort in knowing that others can relate and certainly feel for them.

Colchester, CT

#2 Sep 12, 2009
What a sad story but what brave, amazing people, taking their heartache & trying to prevent others from suffering the same fate.
I dont want to appear insensitive but this article was written so poorly! I have to ask this....Again, I apologize if I offend....but what exactly does THIS mean? Dont get it..."Fortunately, they got to meet baby Jack. Sure enough, he was just like his parents." - He was bright & engaging? RIDICULOUS way to end a touching article, dont reach so hard next time, you ruined it

Zeeland, MI

#3 Sep 12, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympthany for your loss..... I am sooo sorry!

Wallingford, CT

#4 Sep 13, 2009
OMG the writing is awful. I think Mr. Koontz fancies himself an artist. Fail.


#5 Sep 13, 2009
I'm so sorry for your loss..but in the deepest part of my heart I know that GOD has a plan for you, and it's going to be huge...lean on HIM, trust HIM. little Jack will be pushing you over the finish line, good luck with the race for Jack, be safe..and know GOD loves you, HIS promises are true..
life is good


#6 Sep 13, 2009
I dont know the family but my heart gose out to them this is not easy I know. Mike run for Jack at the end he will be there all happy that you made first or lost he will be there just like Ali well with open arms. May GOD BLESS you and Ali
sister has been there

United States

#7 Sep 13, 2009
I would like to say that you are very brave people. My sister has been through this same situation. It was very hard on them and our family.They, as we, have made it through, and so will you. Keep the faith and GOD BLESS.
To Ali

United States

#8 Sep 13, 2009
What Makes a Mother
I thought of you all, I closed my eyes
and prayed to God today. I asked what makes a Mother
and I know I heard Him say,
A Mother has a baby.
This we know is true. But God can you be a Mother
when your baby's not with you? "Yes you can!", He replied
with confidence in His voice,
"I give many women babies,
when they leave is not their choice. "Some I send for a lifetime
and other's for a day.
And some I send to feel your womb
but there's no need to stay. I just don't understand this God,
I want my baby here. He took a breath and cleared His throat
and then I saw a tear.
I wish I could show you
what your child is doing today. If you could see your child smile
with other children and say, "We go to earth to learn our lessons
of love and life and fear.
My Mommy loved me oh so much
I got to come straight here.
I feel so lucky to have a Mom
who had so much love for me
I learned my lesson very quick
My Mommy set me free.
I miss my Mommy oh so much
but I visit her each day.
When she goes to sleep
on her pillow's where I lay.
I stroke her hair and kiss her cheek
and whisper in her ear,
Mommy don't be sad today
I'm your baby and I'm here. "So you see
my dear sweet one,
your children are OK. Your babies are here in my home
and this is where they'll stay. They'll wait for you with me
until your lesson is through.
And on that day that you come home
they'll be at the gates for you. So now you see what makes a Mother.
It's the feeling in your heart.
It's the love you had so much of
right from the very start. Though some on earth may not realize
that you are a Mother until their time is done.
They'll be up here with me one day
and know you're the best one.

New Brunswick, NJ

#9 Sep 13, 2009
You guys give me inspiration every day- so strong and courageous in the face of such a horrible tragedy. Just another reason i always looked up to my big sis!
love u both

Casa Grande, AZ

#10 Sep 13, 2009
Mr & Mrs. Scherer
Iam so sorry for your loss. May G-d be with you.

Casa Grande, AZ

#11 Sep 13, 2009
Tim wrote:
OMG the writing is awful. I think Mr. Koontz fancies himself an artist. Fail.
all you can think of is the awful writing? where are your condolences?

Rensselaer, IN

#12 Sep 13, 2009
tis story brought tears to my eyes, how sad. Losing a child must be the worst kind of pain, Mike & Ali my thoughts are with you & I hope you continue to heal. Mike good luck in the race.

Bellevue, WA

#13 Sep 13, 2009
I was very touched by this story, and equally appalled by Mr. Koontz's writing. Is he actually paid by this paper? What did the last line mean, anyway? I am usually good at interpretation, but I can't even venture a guess at what he is suggesting! After all this family has been through, this "writer" being assigned their story must be the icing on the cake!
Sorry piece of writing

Boston, MA

#14 Sep 13, 2009
My sincere condolences to the parents. Regarding the last sentence in the article, my guess is that Mr. Koonz meant that the baby had courage just like his parents. How he came to that conclusion, however, is beyond me. Mr. Koonz may write creatively, but he is no reporter. The best days of the News Times are behind it.
Ali Scherer

New Fairfield, CT

#15 Sep 13, 2009
slmr23 wrote:
This has me crying. I don't know the family at all. Their story resonates w/ me, though, after having two difficult pregnancies and knowing others who have had major struggles and losses. This is a heartbreaking story and I hope they are able to find some comfort in knowing that others can relate and certainly feel for them.
Thank you for your kind words. Mike and I have been so very blessed with the huge outpouring of support, thoughts, and prayers from friends, family, and even people we have never met. Comments like yours mean the world to us. Thank you.
Ali Scherer

New Fairfield, CT

#16 Sep 13, 2009
No need to judge the writing or the last sentence of the article anymore please. No offense has been taken by us and that truly minimized the intent of the article.
Mr Koonz has given us a wonderful gift. There is no greater honor to us right now than being able to celebrate my son's life by telling our story. Our story is, yes, about the unthinkable- the loss of a child, the grief and sadness - but also it is a story about the strength, courage, faith, and hope of a young family, the overwhelming love and bond of a mother and her child, the celebration of a young life - a life who has touched the hearts of so many in such a short time - a life that continues to touch people and continues to live through the spirit and beauty of others. Someday, I hope that people will open their eyes and allow that beauty, even though so so sad, to enter, as it is unfortunately a reality, and the silence only isolates those who are struggling with this type of loss. On that note, please contact me if you have any questions ([email protected]). It would be a great gift to continue to honor my son by speaking with anyone who feels alone in this struggle or anyone who just would like more information.

Denver, CO

#17 Sep 13, 2009
Hi Ali,

Love you and think of you and your family every day. I don't know how you have made it this far but your strength and love inspire me. Miss you :)
Greysons Mom

United States

#18 Sep 13, 2009
My husband and I know the pain you feel Ali and Mike. 11 years ago on October 10th we lost our son Greyson Alexander when I was 37 weeks pregnant. He was 4 lbs. 11 oz. and absolutely perfect. I sensed something wasn't right and the next day, I called my midwife and told her that I had not felt the baby move and could something be wrong. Little did I know how horrific that day would end. I was induced and Greyson was born in Danbury on October 11th. Autopsy results showed that he died of asphyxia - the umbilical cord had been wrapped around his neck 4 times and then again around his wrist and foot. No one expects this to happen them, especially your first baby. We held him, my parents held him; the nurses took his hand prints/foot prints and let me keep his hat and the special blanket they wrapped him in. In the days and weeks that followed, I remember feeling so empty and it was very hard to talk to those who had never experienced this kind of loss. 11 years later the pain has dulled, but the sadness is still there. Today we've been blessed with four more beautiful children and they know about their big brother in heaven who watches over them. We held that little one in our arms for only a few hours, but the impression he made on our hearts will last a lifetime. I pray that you too will find solace and the ache that fills your hearts will be replaced with joy. Good luck with the marathon Mike and know we're cheering you on all the way! God bless you both.
Hat City

East Hampton, CT

#19 Sep 13, 2009
Ali and Mike -

although I do not know you, my deepest sympathies go out to you for your loss. Please know that you are not alone ... a very close friend of mine just lost his premature newborn son, ten days after he was born.
Your little angel will always be with you, watching over you.

United States

#20 Sep 13, 2009
What a great job in writing this story! I too have lost 2 children in my life, and though the pain goes away, the memories never do. May God give you Mike and Ali the strength to get past this. It does happen :)

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