As many of you know, PALCUS Chair, Angela Simoes, and her husband lost their 9 month old son, Alexandre, suddenly and unexpectedly in February of 2019. Since then, the Simoes family has received an outpouring of support from the community. One of the biggest gestures of support has been the establishment and funding of the Alexandre Antonio da Costa Simoes Memorial Scholarship with PALCUS. This scholarship has been 100% funded by community donations, and currently totals more than $20,000.
To continue funding this scholarship, Angela has authored a book about the signs one receives from a loved one who is in Heaven. The book titled "Was that you?" has been published on May 3rd, Alexandre's birthday and also International Bereaved Mother's Day, and will be available on Amazon only. The proceeds from this book will fund the scholarship in Alexandre's memory.
The book is written in the style of a children's book so that parents who have lost a child can read this book to them.
"It might sound like a strange concept, reading a book to a child who has passed, but for me, it's a way not only to stay connected with our son, but also to recognize that his spirit is still around us," said Angela. "Also, as a mom, I want to do whatever I can for my children, and this is something I can do for him, and honor his memory."
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