Friday, April 19, 2013

Suffering Loss (Why I've been MIA)

Dearest bloggy buddies. Can I just hug each of you and tell you that you are loved and appreciated and beautiful and talented?

Remember when I called upon your visual opinion as to which of my photography prints I should donate to an auction benefiting my friends for their medical expenses? It was believed their little girl was born with an underdeveloped brain and wouldn't quite be at the level of other kids her age--maybe a year or two behind. So many unknowns, time would tell more.

But it turned out to be more than that, a neurodegenerative disease of the mitochondria, and ten-month-old Jamie Faith passed away on April 10th, surrounded by family and friends that love her dearly.

It's so hard to know what to do, what to say, to friends going through the loss of their child. My husband and I were there for this baby's birth (well, in the waiting room at the hospital) and at their home when she left us. I was honored to take her newborn pictures, as well as pictures of her last moments--the hardest thing I've ever done in my life.

At the memorial service, a family friend spoke and said that Jamie touched so many lives without ever saying a word. And it's true.

She will be missed.

Praying for strength, peace, and healing.

9 comments:

  1. Oh my word.... this breaks my heart! I've been praying for them and this is just devastating news. I'm so sorry for their loss. Losing a child is unspeakable. Hugs and prayers to you and to them. <3 <3

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  2. I was so sad when I heard this news. I just really thought things would turn out better for her and her family

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  3. You gave them memories with those photos ~ a beautiful gift, something they can hold onto. I'm so sorry for their (and your) great loss.
    Catherine Denton

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  4. So sorry for your loss. No words can really ease the pain when we lose someone dear but sending love and prayers to you and Jamie's family. Treasure her memory, those photos will give so much comfort I'm sure x

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  5. Oh, Kristin, I'm so very sorry for your loss. *hugs* I pray that her family will find peace and healing.

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  6. I can't even imagine. So sorry to hear this news...:(

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