Friday, June 29, 2007

My Heart is Breaking

I say that a lot. It's the curse of the empath. But really, this time I mean it.

Rachel Grace Buford, my niece, was born on Wednesday and died this morning (or possibly, technically, it was still Thursday. The details aren't really important.) There were simply too many medical hurdles for her to overcome. With all the strength in her tiny little fighter's body, she just couldn't do it.

Her parents (my brother and his wife) did the mind-bendingly loving thing and signed her off the machines that were sustaining her, and held her until she died. I hope that she knew, in whatever time she had with us, that we are her family and that she was perfectly loved. I hope she knew she was our perfect Rachel, and that we were honored by her presence.

Godspeed, little one.

11 comments:

Lianne Raymond said...

Oh, Andrea, I am so sorry. This is a heartbreak I know, so I can really feel for your family. Much love to you all.

Anonymous said...

Oh Andrea, I just popped on to your blog for the first time in a while and am so sorry to hear the news of your niece. I will keep her in my prayers. - Kellie

sharon frost said...

Oh no Andrea! This is so very hard. Sharon

Renee said...

Oh, Andrea, I am so sorry.

Andrea Rusin said...

Thanks, sweeties! I'm responding to this by sniping and snarking at all my loved ones. How VERY mature. Sigh.

Lisa :-] said...

My heart goes out to your family. You are in my thoughts...

Sophie_vf said...

Andrea, I'm so sorry. I know the sniping is temporary - and that you will be a great source of support to your family. Love to you and your family.

Daily Spirit said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

- A total stranger.

Anonymous said...

Andrea, we do not know each other, but your brother and his wife are very dear to my husband and I.

When Rachel's brother made his unforgettable entrance we were up here with them, praying, hoping, cheering every milestone, so many tears of fear that turned to tears of joy.

I had hoped and prayed for another miracle and was crushed when I heard the news today.

We wish we could be there for them in person... my heart is breaking for your family's loss.

Please give them a big hug from Erika & Chris

breadchick said...

Andrea, I am so sorry. I have no great words of wisdom for you and your family but Little Rachel and you and your family are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I came here today purely on a whim but now I think something led me here.

I am very sorry, Andrea. I can't really express how sorry I am.

My thoughts and prayers go out to baby Rachel and her family. And to you.