Lauren passed into God’s gentle hands peacefully this morning at 12:20 am.
Her last three weeks were spent in the “Princess Suite” at Children’s National Medical center and her mom and dad were with her at the end. Saturday was a day of love as friends and family surrounded her in a bubble of light to help her on her journey. Her friends from UVA came to sing to her – they brought guitar and flute and sang “Wild Thing” (which is funny if you know Lauren Loveshack!), “Let it Be” and “Everywhere to me”. There had to be about 15 people in the room singing along with them, Lauren in her bed in the middle of this great circle of love. It was a moment I will remember all the days of my life.
Later that night, as I was saying goodbye to her, a friend of hers (Natalie) offered to sing “Amazing Grace” and she has such a lovely, lovely voice. So we stood around Lauren\’s bed once again, Mom, Dad, Natalie, Matt and me – each of us with our hands on Lauren, sending love, light and blessings, as Natalie sang out these words:
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I\’m found.
\’Twas blind, but now I see.
Amazing grace, ohh how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I\’m found,
was blind but now I see….
Those of you reading this blog regularly know the grace and strength Lauren possessed. You could feel her spirit in her words, whether she was writing about getting dunked in a tub of icy cold water in Lourdes, goofing around with her wonderful suitemates at UVA or taking pictures of food she had lovingly prepared. Lauren and I shared the blog connection and Mary asked me to make this last post today. I will be leaving the comment section open here so please feel free to say anything you like. We appreciate all the love and prayers.
Lauren was involved in UVA\’s Relay for Life and many of us plan to walk in it on team \”Mighty Laur\”. If you\’d like to make a donation in her honor, that would be great. If you want to walk on the team with us (it will be big fun in April), email me: email@example.com. Here’s her donation page which gives more information about it and where you can also donate.
There will never be anyone like her again and I am honored to have been given the gift of being her godmother of love. We know she\’s looking down on us from Heaven and smiling that big smile because she\’ll see us all again someday.
We love you, La. Tell the angels we say hi.
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