Family Reunion - A man who was separated from his family when he was just eight years old has described the emotional experience of hearing his mother’s voice for the first time in 46 years after calling in help from a specialist people finder organisation in a last ditch attempt to find his missing parents.
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Sterling Afflick now lives in the US with his wife and son but had never given up hope of finding the English family he was separated from as a child.
Dr Afflick found it hard to hold back the tears as he described the moment UK-based people tracing experts FinderMonkey called him to say they had managed to track down a member of his long lost family.
“I have gone from a person with only a memory for a past to a man with a family again and all of this in the space of a day,” said Dr Afflick, who was taken to Jamaica as a young boy and prevented from having any contact with his family in the UK.
He said he sat for a long time looking at a letter from the FinderMonkey team that brought him the news that although his father had died, his mother was still alive and living in West Wickham with his younger brother.
“It took me a full hour before I could control my tears and my emotions long enough to read the letter,” he admitted.
“I called my wife and my son and gave them the news that Mom and Grandma were still alive,” explained Dr Afflick, who has since discovered that letters from his family were burned by the people who were supposed to be caring for him in Jamaica, preventing him from having any contact with them.
He finally found the courage to pick up the phone and call the number sent to him by FinderMonkey.
“We had a wonderful reunion on the phone, we had so much to talk about, but most of all, just to hear my mom’s voice again after almost half a century, was the single most memorable highlight of my existence,” he said.
He said he was now planning to fly to the UK with his wife and son for an emotional reunion with the mother he thought he had lost forever.
Below is the full amazing email we were sent by Sterling Afflick
Dear FinderMonkey Team,
I want to say thank you on behalf of my family here in the US and my family there in England. You guys have changed our lives with your People Finder Service. I have gone from a person with only a memory for a past, to a man with a family again, and all of this in the space of a day, thanks to you guys. I spoke with my mother again after not hearing her voice for the past 46 years. After your call yesterday and being told you had found one of my family members, I have been sitting on pins and needles because I was not sure if any of my parents were still alive. But I had resigned myself to fact that if they had passed on, I would at least like to visit their grave sites, so I could at least be near them again. It had been so many years since I had lost touch, and I knew that if I didn’t find them now, I might never find them again, at least not alive. And then I received your call this morning and the news that although my Dad had passed on, my Mom was still alive. It took me a full hour before I could control my tears and my emotions long enough to read the letter you had sent to me. I called my wife and my son and gave them the news that Mom and Grandma was still alive, and then I opened up your email with her address and telephone number and just sat for a long time looking at it. I just want to tell you that we had a wonderful reunion on the phone, we had so much to talk about, but most of all, just to hear my mom’s voice again after almost half a century, was the single most memorable highlight of my existence.
I will be making preparations as soon as possible, for my wife, my son and myself, to join my mom and my younger brother in West Wickam for a real family reunion. I want to thank you and the Finder Monkey team for your due diligence and professionalism in tracking down and finding my family after all this time. I know it could not have been easy, and as I had mentioned in my profile, I was taken away from the safety, love and nurturing environment of the Hickson family when I was about 8-9 years old, and was taken to the island of Jamaica. My situation soon became very dire, when I was put in the care of an evil step-mother (my father‘s new girl friend), who seemed to take great joy in my suffering. As a result, I lost touch with my family, and although I have tried in vain for years to locate them, it was not until I recently found out about FinderMonkeys, that my hope of re-uniting with my family would finally come about.
I managed to survive the assaults on my mind, soul, & body while growing up, and somehow kept my sanity. Today, I live America with my wife of 23 years and my son Brandon who is now 17. It has never left my mind for any appreciable amount of time, that my long lost family was out there somewhere, and I wondered if I would live to see them again, or if they would live to see me again. Fortunately, you have made that dream a reality for me by finding them, and now, my wife, my son, and I, will soon be flying over to England to re-unite with our family for the first time in 46 years. Thank you Dave and the FinderMonkey team. You’ll never know how much you have changed the lives my family and I, for the better." Sincerely, Dr. Sterling Afflick
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