Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Baby Esther

Last year I shared with you the death of my friends' son Albert. Since late last year I have been waiting to share their joy of a new child ~ a daughter.

Esther was born just after midnight on April 21; I am heartbroken to tell you she died on April 24.

I have been trying for hours to collect my thoughts, to quell my tears, to find words to convey how much I care about them. I do not understand how sad, unfair and crule life is ~ I cannot answer why.

I have faith that their love will sustain them, but I am afraid their grief will make them shadows of their former selves.

She lit their world, like a flower opening to the warm spring sun. Soon they will bring Esther home to Australia, and bury her with her brother.

12 comments:

Nicole said...

There are just no words. I will be holding your friend and her family in my heart. I'm so sorry they've lost two beautiful babes.

The Mama. said...

Oh my... why? Just... why?

Nora said...

I have been a reader of your wonderful blog for a short while only, but I would like to tell you that the exact same thing happend to a frined of mine. Later they learned about a genetical problem running in her husband's side. I don't know but it might help to start looking into the root of the problem. Having two healthy daughers of my own, hearing such dreadful stories make my heart shrink... I am really sorry.

the little gnomes home said...

My thoughts are with your friends. No words really seem right when you hear something like that. It is just so sad. They will be in my prayers.

Nadja said...

My prayers for their healing and comfort. I just cannot imagine the hope and then the heartbreak of such a thing...

A mermaid in the attic said...

My thoughts are with them Shannon, it seems just too much to bear. Having lost one little one, I cannot imagine losing two. I hope they find some answers, and that there is a little one still waiting to find their way to them.

Val said...

I went to farm college with a cheerful, sturdy girl who so wanted children ..and she now has a lovely family
This seemed at one time as a totally impossible eventuality their first children never made it to a year (including a set of twins) How they survived this and Where they got their strength from I do not know.. I am just glad they did.

I'll try not to send the anger I feel on their behalf...
If it's possible to send love and strength then I do so

Shannon said...

Thank you, each of you.
Nora I wish that it was as complex/simple as a rare genetic twist. Albert died from something very real (i could not bring myself to write it then nor can i now) Esther has her own story - their deaths are unrelated in reason - for me it is so much harder knowning why.

W-S Wanderings said...

Just as Nicole said, there are no words. Such an incomprehensible loss. Losses. The world has lost two beautiful blossoms.

Holding sister and brother, and all those who loved them, in my heart...

The Awakened Heart said...

Nicole is right - there are no words. Just 'I'm sorry'. I will be adding your friends and those two precious spirits to my prayers.

Tania said...

Oh, sweetheart. There is nothing that I can write that is right. All I can do is hold that family in my heart and hope that some day there is a way to some peace and to tremendous joy.

Carrie said...

I also have no words, but I needed to tell you how sorry I feel for your friends. Sending love.