Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rest in Peace Sweetheart

On Friday we did the hardest thing any parent could do, we buried our baby. It was a heart wrenching experience and one I hope no parent has to face. We took great solace in knowing so many people were touched by Grace and offered their support to us.

After the service we requested all the guest leave the cemetery so Holly and I could bury Grace in private. We brought her into this world together and we were going to see it through to the end together. The burial was conducted in a very respectful manner with great consideration to our feelings.

After everything was done and we were left alone we knelt down in front of her grave and prayed for our baby girl. I asked all the other children in the Garden of Angels to welcome Grace into their arms and to look after her. We hope she will become part of their family and their spirits can play together.

As Holly and I knelt there looking at all the flowers around her grave we couldn't help but a notice a single butterfly make his way out of a bouquet of flowers. He sat on top of a rose for a moment and then gently floated-off circling around the flowers upon us. It was a fitting end to a beautiful service.

We're very grateful so many friends and family attended the service and offered their support. It meant so much to Holly and I. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


  1. We will never forget Gracie and how much she touched our lives. We also are always here for you and Holly. We hope you will take us up on our offer to meet up for dinners, etc. whenever you're ready. We were so humbled by your words during her services and felt honored to have gotten to know your beautiful angel. You're truly an inspiration on how parents should treat their children. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. We love you. PJ, Mark & Audrey Decker

  2. Mother, please don't mourn for me;
    I'm still here, though you don't see.
    I'm right by your side
    each night and day
    and within your heart I long to stay.
    My body is gone but I'm always near
    I'm everything you feel, see or hear.
    My spirit is free,
    but I'll never depart
    as long as you keep me alive in your heart. I'll never wander out of your sight--
    I'm the brightest star
    on a summer night.
    I'll never be beyond your reach--
    I'm the warm moist sand
    when you're at the beach. I'm the colorful leaves
    when fall comes around,
    And the pure white snow
    that blankets the ground.
    I'm the beautiful flowers
    of which you're so fond--
    The clear cool water in a quiet pond. I'm the first bright blossom
    you'll see in the spring;
    The first warm raindrop
    that April will bring.
    I'm the first ray of light
    when the sun starts to shine,
    And you'll see
    that the face in the moon is mine. When you start thinking
    there's no one to love you,
    You can talk to me
    through the Lord above you.
    I'll whisper my answer
    through the leaves on the trees,
    And you'll feel my presence
    in the soft summer breeze. I'm the hot salty tears
    that flow when you weep
    And the beautiful dreams
    that come while you sleep.
    I'm the smile you see on baby's face.
    Just look for me, Mommy,
    I'm everyplace !
    (author unknown)