Here are the words that can be rewritten 1,000 times and will never, ever be right. Our baby died.

At a routine ultrasound on Friday morning, her heartbeat was gone. She had given spirited kicks the night before as I read about women in leadership, perhaps a sign of her future, I thought. After a C-section on Friday night, we held Genevieve Claire in our arms. I hadn’t been sure that I would want to see her, but as soon as I did, I wasn’t sure that I could let go.

Collect every memory. Sing to her. Rock her. Hold her hand. Call her name. This will have to be enough to last a lifetime.

How much heartbreak can a human endure? I wish I had never known.

16 thoughts on “Angel

  1. Sarah, I am so sorry that I cannot even find the proper words. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with both of you.

  2. I cannot imagine your pain. I am praying for you. Together, you can get through this. Stay strong.

  3. Sarah & Greg,

    Please accept the deepest of condolences from Christina and I. As you sad, this will never be completely right, but we pray the love of all of us for you two special people will help your burden get easier.

    Much love,
    Lucritia & Christina

  4. :( I am thinking of you and wish you the strength to get through the bad times. My love to you, Greg, and Eleanor.

  5. I could never begin to grasp your pain, but I pray that love sent from friends and family will help during this difficult time.

  6. We have been praying for you guys and hope that your strength and love will help you through this. We love you guys.

  7. All of us at work are here for you and your family. We cannot make it go away, but I hope we can ease some of your pain.

  8. Sarah, Greg, and little Eleanor,
    There are so many words that are said, and so many tears that are shed that can’t begin to describe our sorrow and grief for all of you. Know that your family is in our thoughts and constant prayers. Much love to each of you and Genevive Claire.

  9. Sarah, my heart aches for your family. I’m so sorry for your pain. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos with us.

  10. Totally powerful, heartfelt and compelling. The simplest images and words can convey the most haunting of thoughts.

    My heart aches for you. I don’t have kids and have never even thought about these details you put in here, but thank you for your bravery in sharing. I’m almost in tears over here.

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