Frank Andrew Henderson, his Son and Great Grandson

Frank Andrew Henderson-January 5th, 1935- June 29th, 2004

Frank Andrew Henderson- Jr April 8th 1960-July 4th, 1981

Frank John Saldana- February 19, 2014-February 19, 2014

Ten years ago we lost my father. He was the greatest man I have ever known. It seems I am just coming to terms with his death, because after he passed, I never had unconditional love again. I miss him, my whole family misses him. I am so proud of my nieces and nephew who are honoring him with a tombstone. He would be proud of them too, he always was.

All eleven of his grandchildren

Twenty Three years ago we lost my brother.  He was my fathers first biological son, the one who carried his name and was special to my dad.  The night my brother died, my dad was the one who came into my room to tell me.  It was the one and only time I ever seen my father cry.  It broke my heart and the memory will never leave my soul.  He was a good brother, I remember the night before he died, my brothers were going to go out on the town.  He chose to stay home with me and my sister and played cards.  It was the last time I ever seen him alive.

Five months ago Faith (Granddaughter) and her husband John lost their baby.  I was visiting with my Niece and we went to his grave. It was so hard, especially for Faith and John.  She named her son, before he ever was even conceived; she chose his name in honor of her Grandpa, to show respect and love.

The amount of time on earth matters very little: a man can live in greed and pride 90 years and never find God, know Him or accomplish His plan. A stillborn baby, on the other hand, teaches people to love, brings people to the Lord, teaches us the tenuous nature of life and teaches us a faith that those who have not suffered loss can never know (Unknown)

I have a picture in my mind, the day Faith and John’s son went home to heaven.  I know my father with my brother right by his side were at Heaven’s Gates, to greet his great-grandson that carries his name.  I know that he tenderly took his grandson in his arms. I know he will care and protect Baby Frank because he was always there for everyone in the family, he loved everyone unconditionally and never showed favorites.

So we have lost three Frank’s in our family, but I find peace in the fact they have each other and will be there to meet the next member that passes on.

Published by Tina Sun Henderson

I am a Writer, Artist and Human Rights Advocate. I also have a dream about this project. I wanted to hear the voices of my Sisters. Their Voices speaking truth to power, her stories and dreams, and nightmares that she needs/must express.  “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.” – Unknown

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