We lost Drew exactly 8 years ago (his story here), which seems like both yesterday and a lifetime ago all at once. Out of his amazing life have been born many lessons and even a non-profit. As parents, we have had to learn how to navigate the tightrope walk of living between joy and tragedy, endure holidays like Christmas without our son, trick or treat with one less costume in the group, find thankfulness and moments of gratitude amidst grief and climb from rock bottom towards joyfulness.
8 Years Without Drew, Our Music Maker
I keep putting off writing something about this. I have so much to say that I honestly don’t know where to start. I shared my thoughts on his 4th birthday, but it’s hard to believe that today he would be 9. Almost two full hands.
This Saturday, March 12th, makes 8 years since our firstborn son, Drew, died. His sudden and unexpected death from SUDC turned our world and everything we knew about life on its axis. I honestly cannot believe we made it this far and recognize that countless people have carried us and helped us over the years. We feel fortunate for each and every kind soul who supported us in so many different ways.
Our life now is full and we have so much to be thankful for. We have two beautiful children, Emmaline and Joseph. They are absolutely magic.
I got a new job in late 2021 and cannot say enough how amazing it has been to feel so appreciated and the gratitude I have to work with and for such incredible people. I get to see people in a professional capacity people who have been unwavering in their support of me and I feel so fortunate about that.
Devron and I love each other laugh every day despite the burden of having such a big part of our lives missing. We have so much joy, but both are acutely aware that one of our babies is not here. That does not mean we do not grieve, that everything is rainbows and cupcakes. We miss our baby. Life is still hard. We would do anything to see our children all together just once. We wonder what Drew would have given to the world if he was still with us. The work of Drew’s Tunes has an enabled Drew to be loved and remembered by more people than we ever thought possible.
I write this to say thank you to all the people that lifted us up. I write this to remember my baby. It is SUDC Awareness Month a national awareness campaign that Drew’s loss had a huge part in inspiring. I remain thankful for the foundation and the work they do for families like ours everywhere.
Drew is loved and missed beyond measure. We carry him with us wherever we go. Devron and I are forever grateful to NOLA for the countless ways this city and its people supported us when we needed it most.
The loss of Drew will never be ok, but somehow we are.
About Georgia Boswell
Georgia Boswell hails from Minden, Louisiana, but she has been proud to call New Orleans home since 2004. Georgia received an undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech and acquired a Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management from UNO. She enjoys reading, traveling and sampling the many treasures New Orleans has to offer. Georgia has worked in medical sales for over 10 years and is thankful for the all the wonderful people her job has enabled her to meet.
Georgia met Devron during Mardi Gras 2007 and they officially became Team Boswell on May 23, 2009. They were blessed to welcome Drew Joseph Boswell into the world on November 27, 2012. Tragically Drew died in his sleep on March 12, 2014. His death was attributable to SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood).
Georgia and Devron, with the tireless support of many friends, started Drew’s Tunes for the two-fold purpose of providing musical instruments to children and to support the work of the SUDC Foundation. Since its inception, Drew’s Tunes, has donated thousands of instruments impacting the lives of local children.
Georgia is the Mother of three beautiful children Drew (forever 15 months old) Emmaline (6) and Joseph (3). Devron and Georgia love telling Emmaline and Joseph all about their brother Drew. They look forward to carrying on Drew’s legacy of love and music as a family.