Parenting

Santa Grants Christmas Wish to Grieving Parents

Losing a child is always an unimaginable tragedy. It is exceptionally difficult to celebrate milestones, birthdays, and holidays, even after time had passed.

Kyle and Sasha Daniel lost their infant son Daniel just a few days before Christmas last year. Kyle told Today Parents that, “On December 19, 2014, Hayden passed away in my arms. His lungs had become weak and just stopped working. He was just a few days away from being six months old.”

Little Hayden never made it to his first Christmas, but through all the pain of losing their son, Kyle wanted to give his wife a very special and touching Christmas gift, so he headed to their local mall to see Santa.

“I walked up to Santa and said, ‘I have a request, my son passed away last year.’ I started to get choked up. He reached out for Hayden’s picture and said, ‘Absolutely.’ I had a wave of relief come over me. It was hard to walk in and ask that. In just one word, he made a situation easy.”

The Santa that granted the request was Caleb Sigmon, a 22-year-old Santa enthusiast and theater artist. He wrote a post about the encounter that went viral, being shared more than 677,000 times on Facebook.

Sigmon thoughtfully wrote, “As he walked out, we all had tears in our eyes. I’m sharing this to remind us all that Christmastime is unbelievably hard for some families. Pray for the brokenhearted. Smile at people. Just be kind. Love one another.” Well said, Santa. Well said.