Today, at 2:30 PDT, my friends will bury their daughter Maddie.

In lieu of a real post today, I will link you to the post I wrote while talking to Maddie’s mother while she was in the PICU with her daughter.

And I will raise my voice to the heavens today and beg, “give us peace, give us peace. Dona nobis pacem.”

Rest in peace, little one. The world will miss your smile.



16 thoughts on “Dona Nobis Pacem

  1. heather and mike have been in my thoughts constantly. maddie’s eyes are the most beutiful i have ever seen. what a loss to this world.

    my heart hurts as i sit at work in my only purple shirt.

  2. I’m so sorry for Maddie’s parents loss and for your own. I have a best friend who lost a 6 year old son unexpectedly last year and let me tell you, it has been quite and journey for them and for those who care about them. Losing a child is so unnatural, there’s no way to make logical sense out of it. And that makes the world a terrifying place where children can be ripped away from their parent’s loving arms. Praying for you all.


  3. May Maddie rest in peace among the stars and angels.

    May her family know some healing in the coming years through their love for one another and the support of those that love them.

    You are a really, really good friend, Becks.

  4. Those poor parents. I’ll be wearing purple today for Maddie. It puts things in perspective to read stories like hers and Gorillabuns’. Such a sad, sad thing to bury a child.

  5. My daughter would have been 17 last month (I was going to post about it but my son totaled my car hours after getting his license and that ended up being the post). Abby died hours before she was born, only I know this as they had stopped monitoring her when they knew she could not live without a brain. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of my first born. It does get better, not without getting worse first sometimes but it does get better. My thoughts are with Maddie and her family.

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