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Grieving father pens song for deceased son, proceeds to benefit hospital

Whit Bogard passed away on September 22, 2013. His father hopes the song he wrote will help raise money for the Gulfport Memorial Hospital NICU. Source: Beau Bogard. Whit Bogard passed away on September 22, 2013. His father hopes the song he wrote will help raise money for the Gulfport Memorial Hospital NICU. Source: Beau Bogard.
GULFPORT, MS -

A grieving Mississippi father said for months he felt like a recluse. 

"I was keeping to myself with my wife," said Beau Bogard. "I hurt so bad, and couldn't even imagine the pain Katie was feeling." 

Beau lost his son, Whit, on September 22, 2013. 

"He died five hours after being born with left side heart failure," Beau said. "Our world had just crashed. I lost a part of me that day that I'll never get back. I can't explain it, but it changed me, like part of my soul had been ripped away."

Six months after the loss of his son, Beau decided to channel his grief into music. 

"I wrote a song in about two days. I didn't write it down or anything, I just sat back and said 'wow,'" Beau said.

The song is called "Really Wanna Know" and the lyrics are as followed: 

"VERSE 1

If you could talk 

would you tell me what it looks like in Heaven

I really want to know

Would you tell me what you do every other day 

would you tell me where you go when you fly away 

yeah I really want to know


PRE CHORUS/CHORUS

I bet heavens fine 

but I'm losing my mind

What I need to feel I need to see

I need to know what's left for me

I need an answer, why did you go

Cause we did what we were supposed to do

Yeah but God he must have needed you

Yeah, cause you left me

here all alone

I just really wanna know 

I just really wanna know


VERSE 2

Do you dance, do you sing, do you play guitar 

Have you wrote a song about where you are

I just really want to know

Did you ride a bike on your first try

Did ya kiss a girl for the first time 

Yeah, I really want to know

Prechorus/chorus


VERSE 3

So what's it like where you run and play

Do Angel babies get to play all day 

I just really want to know

Do you find a spot on a cloud

so you can fly down and let me know you're still around 

I just really want to know

Prechorus/chorus


If you could talk

Would ya tell me what it looks like in Heaven

I really wanna know "

Once Beau posted the song to Facebook, it went viral with over 35,000 shares. That's when Beau went to Nashville to professionally record the song. 

Three years after the loss of his son, Beau decided to use the new platform he had built to give back to the hospital that helped keep his son alive long enough for him and his wife Katie to say their goodbyes.

"The Gulfport Memorial Hospital's NICU went above and beyond for us," Beau said. "They kept my son alive, keeping him on oxygen and doing CPR over and over just so family could spend some time with him."

Beau said NICU workers let them keep Whit until he drew his last breath. 

"They worked so diligently to give us that time with him. They really went the extra mile," Beau said. 

So far, 300 people have bought the song, but Beau won't get the sales report for another few months to know how much he raised. 

"All of the proceeds will go to the NICU fund," Beau said. 

The song is available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and Spotify for purchase. 

To listen to or buy Beau's song, click here. 

As for other's who may be going through the struggle of losing a child, Beau wanted to share his poignant advice. 

"To those who have lost a child, I'm sorry. I truly hate you had to bear the pain and sorrow. Just know that you can and will make it through it, just put your faith where it needs to be, and I'm living proof that He will not let you down," Beau said. 

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