When people hear that I’ve had a child who passed away when she was 8 1/2 years old, they almost always say something like, “She was so young.” And she was, but I’m always amazed at just how much someone so young has touched so many people’s lives.
This morning I called Todd Hochberg to ask for permission to put some of the photographs from my daughter‘s last day in the memoir I’ve written about what happened and he said yes. When he gave me the photographs he asked if he could have permission to use those photographs for things like awareness and show others how they help to capture those last moments with your little one. Both Keith and I sign a form saying we were fine with that.
Something I hadn’t expected was to hear how those final moment with our little baby girl have touched so many others out there today. They show how even in the midst of our great tragedy he was able to capture moment where we were smiling and doing things like giving her her last bath, or dressing her or simply doing her fingernails. Even on my daughter‘s last day she still has continued to touch people’s lives.
In a way her youthfulness will continue to live on in all of us as we embrace who she was and know we had one very special angel living around us for her 8 1/2 years on this earth.