Today will be two years without our beautiful son Zak, Sadly after a brave battle with cancer Zak passed away at 8.25pm in his mother’s arms peacefully with family and friends around his side.
The few hours after was a massive blur, Zak had a Muslim burial which meant he had to be buried as soon as we can and this had to be arranged very quickly, looking back I don’t know how we managed it, with plenty of support – Zak funeral was arranged the next day by a wonderful organisation called Bolton Council of Mosques who I am eternally grateful.
That night we had Zak at home as we did not want him to be alone, he wore his favourite football top and he looked so peaceful, during the night we all stayed with him till the early hours and his brothers never left his side as we kissed him all night and prayed asked god to send him to heaven, my mind as a dad was all over – I can never imagine what went though his brothers and sisters minds and his mum and the rest of the family. Zak was buried the next day with over a 1000 people attended his funeral with many friends who became family and many close family who worked tirelessly to ensure all arrangements went through smoothly.
I hope and pray no other parent has to do what we endured on the 26th September 2015 but the reality is 18 other families have who we have helped though the legacy of Zak Vali Foundation in memory of our son Zak’s name. Today and every day our memories of our precious son are beautiful and some days are followed by tears and some days followed by laughter and some days just a wish for a kiss and some days to continue our conversation in our minds, but every day we miss you and every second you are not here wonder what you are doing.
That day in September you made me change Zak, I’m no longer afraid of life and what it holds beyond, I wonder when we will be together again, as this is what happens when we lost you, and as a lot of people who have worked hard to ensure The Zak Vali Foundation continue to help as many people as we can.
Zak you are missed but everyday the reminders are everywhere – tonight you are remembered at special prayers with family and friends however we will pray for everyone who have lost a loved one especially from the families who we have helped as well.
Thank you Zak for the wonderful years you gave us and all the happiness that you have left behind with memories that will never be forgotten.
God bless you and love you to the moon & back ❤️❤️❤️
The Vali Family.