Teri Wilson
November 03, 2015 11:58 am

There’s nothing quite like a mother’s love. Oftentimes, the bond between mother and child is something that outlasts life itself. Anna Bozman Thompson, who lost her little boy, Lake, to leukemia last May, knows all about this unbreakable bond. She still loves her son every bit as much as if he were still here. So when she got married last month, despite the joy of the occasion, Lake’s absence was keenly felt. Anna was especially anxious about the family wedding photos, because it was the first time she’d be posing for a family portrait since Lake’s passing.

On Lake’s memorial Facebook page, Anna wrote, “Although I felt his presence that day and I was actually happy, it was almost unbearable to take family pictures without him. I could feel my emotions taking over after the ceremony when it was time to take pictures. I became anxious and almost irritated but I knew these pictures had to be taken.”

If anyone understood Anna’s conflicting emotions, it was her friend Brandy Angel. Brandy runs Be the Change, a non-profit photography business for families with terminally ill children. She worked with Anna’s wedding photographer, Paul Woodward, to create a powerfully beautiful image that shows how much Lake was still very much a part of her family.

We have to say, this picture hits us right in the feels. It’s simply lovely and sends such a powerful message. Our love for the people in our lives who’ve we lost never dies. Neither do the memories.

Naturally, Anna was very moved to receive the special photograph. She posted the photo to Lake’s Facebook page, and in the caption wrote, “I needed this picture more than…anyone could ever know. THIS is my family. And we will be together again. Thank you to all of you for the support and love that you have showed our family these past 6 months. Your words of encouragement and your prayers have helped keep me going. I thank you for that. Please don’t ever stop saying Lake’s name. I love you sweet boy.”

All our love to Anna and her beautiful family.

[Images via Prayers for Lake Bozman on Facebook.]