And we\’ll all float on …

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: bexley@gmail.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.

- Godmommy

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(Please pause the song to listen to this video.)

- Justin

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38 Responses to And we\’ll all float on …

  1. Molly says:

    I’m so terribly sorry. It a was wonderful treat to get to know her through her lovely writing. Thank you for sharing her.

  2. Roger Frantz says:

    …..
    “Gate of Heaven” Pray for us.
    “Morning Star” Pray for us.
    “Comforter of the afflicted” Pray for us.
    ……

  3. Chrissy says:

    Good bye Lurby…save a space for the rest of your Angel Agents, ok? I’ve never known anyone like you, and I miss you terribly.

  4. Michelle says:

    Lauren was a gift to this earth and to all of the lives she touched. She taught me so much about what it means to love life and how to live it with grace and strength and humor. She made everything beautiful just as she was beautiful. She will always be in my heart.

  5. Julie says:

    It has been 7 yrs since I met this amazing girl and the ‘loverly angel agents’…. Lauren has always been such a courageous person and an amazing inspiration to all of us. She was truly beautiful to the deepest meaning of the word…

    I think someone summed it up best when they wrote about Lauren (on Maureen’s blog): “At the end of Mass we had a prayer group led by the Priest. This makes me think, “What’s the point of believing in God? Then I think, maybe we’re still alive because we still need work, and maybe she’s already there.” ”

    The friendship and bond that were shared between the “List” girls will never ever be forgotten… Lauren will never be forgotten. I love you and will always miss you.

    Rest In Peace Lauren…

  6. Leigh says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Lauren’s passing. She was wonderful and courageous and funny, and I know that she will be missed by so many. You are all in my thoughts.

  7. lauren says:

    I love my Twin Lauren so much!! i made a promise in my heart when she got very sick again that i would donate my hair for locks for love, something i’ve always wanted to do but have bee too attached to my long curly hair to do it. This morning, the day after lauren passed, i cut my hair 10 inches and donated to Locks for Love in her memory. She taught me so much about strength and grace and i know that she will be praying for all of us now.

  8. liivi says:

    so sad….
    rest in peace.

  9. loretta says:

    Our Thoughts and prayers go to Mary, Steve and ALL of Laurens friends and family.
    May her sweet smile and wonderful memories live within you and comfort you.
    God Bless You Lauren

  10. nicole says:

    like julie and chrissy, i too was lucky enough to welcome lauren into my life 7 years ago. what i will remember most about lauren was her constant state of optimism. her presence, even in written form, always brought a smile to my face. in 7 years i don’t think i ever recieved an email or letter from her that wasn’t upbeat and filled with love – even as she grew more and more ill. she was so genuinely pure and full of light and because of that she has been, and always will be, synonomous with sunshine to me. she was a great friend, an amazing human being and will surely be one of God’s most treasured angels. rest in peace laur, we will miss you immensely down here. i look forward to being reminded of your warm radiance with every sun-filled day here on earth. until we meet again dear friend…love and prayers always.

  11. kate says:

    I just found your blog through Miss Doxie’s recent post. I am so so very sorry that your Lauren has passed away; just from the pictures and everything she seemed like such a wonderful person. I feel strange crying over someone I had never seen or heard of, but I just feel very sad for you and her family. I’m glad that she passed peacefully, that is what everyone hopes for.

  12. Gigi says:

    Mary and family- You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I send to you my deepest condolences. Your daughter was a beautiful young woman. I can tell from her beautiful smile that she was a kind and wonderful person. We are all here for you at IFOH. God bless you and your family.

  13. Jane says:

    Such a smile! She lived to tne very end and now she lives (and loves) on in God’s arms. Her story and her example is a blessing to all who encounter it.

  14. Maureen says:

    I miss you more than I can say, but I know you are with God, and watching over me. I love you so much.

  15. Ivie says:

    My thoughts and prayers to everyone lucky enough to know Lauren. What a beautiful young lady. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  16. lindsay says:

    We were partners during orientation and then had Italian class with her 1st semester. I didn’t really get to know her that well but what do know is that every time I saw her she was smiling.
    Hope all is well in heaven, Lauren.
    Lindsay

  17. Callie says:

    i’ve probably only been reading Lauren’s blog for a few months but when i found of her passing last night i was devasted. but it helps to know she had so many loving friends and family surround her.

    i was so amazed by her resolve and strength. some of her entries read as if she was a typical college student. so concerned with her italian homework and what she was missing with her suite mates.

    i mourn lauren but also admire her. i feel guilty too. my mother has mestastaic breast cancer and probably wont see the year out. but she has so much in her past. lauren was just getting to the point where she could be. and that was taken.

    i will pray for you and your family. i will pray that lauren is in a better place and having spa day everyday in heaven.

  18. Ami says:

    I loved Callie’s comment about spa day in heaven for Lauren – I hope they do Smore’s too ’cause I know she missed that a bunch due to her treatments. We miss her so much. – A & the boys

  19. Rosanne Backhus says:

    Mary, Steve, and family,
    You have been and will continue to be in our prayers every day. May God and our Blessed Mother be with you all.
    The Backhus Family

  20. Caitlin says:

    I only knew Lauren the cook. Our paths crossed at the livejournal cooking community, and I found her website when she linked to my recipe for caramel creme cake that she made for her birthday.

    I only saw the person she chose to present online. Some people have drama follow in the wake of the pages they comment on. But not Lauren. She had an almost zen like calmness, and even a failed recipe did not seem to get her down. She would just try to figure out where she went wrong and try again. When I pictured her, I always saw a pixie like girl with an infectious grin because that was how she came across in her cooking stories.

    My heart goes out to those of you who knew Lauren the (grand/god)daughter, and Lauren the friend. I wish that life were fair, so that someone as sweet as she would be able to fufill her dreams and so that those of you who love her could celebrate those moments with her.

  21. Cabelle says:

    Lauren was my best friend at Governor’s School in Richmond the Summer of 2003. She was the most optimistic person I knew and probably will every know. Getting to spend the summer with her is something I will never forget. I love Lauren and I will always remember her.

  22. Hockey Kim says:

    I have been so blessed to have known you Lauren through your wonderful Godmother. I know that someone as special as you are getting used to your wings, but if you think of it could you watch out for my babies once and a while? I will always think you when I think of the Caps. Go with God Blessed Angel.

    Hockey Kim

  23. Katelin says:

    I’ve been reading Lauren’s blog for a few years and was continually amazed by her. Things that would have made an ordinary mortal scream didn’t seem to phase her one bit. She was so filled with happiness and hope and was really an inspiration to me. I loved reading her life. Thankyou Lauren.

  24. Mary says:

    Lauren was such a wonderful person. Always a cheerful and optimistic and she will be missed by so many people. Your family is in my prayers.

    God Bless

    -Mary

  25. Kimberly says:

    I didn’t know Lauren in real life but I have been visiting her website for a very long time. I have always admired her wit and ability to articulate whatever was going on in her life. The strength that she possessed was obvious. I can tell that she was an amazing person. Her family and friends are in my prayers.

  26. Kim says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I came here from Mis Doxie’s site and although I didn’t know her, Lauren seemed like a beautiful soul.

  27. My name is Lindsey and I am a relay for life participant. I want to express my deepest symapthies for your loss and want you to know that we will do something special for Lauren at our event on April 22 – 23. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. May Lauren’s passing be a reminder and inspiration of why we Relay.

  28. deborah hancock says:

    many thanks and much love to Lauren and her family. I’m sorry I didn’t get to know her. the world has lost her light in one way, but I believe in another she is still with us(you) all.

    Know that you do not walk alone–

    love and light
    Deborah

  29. sofia says:

    i have been reading lauren’s blog for several months; i’m not quite sure how i stumbled upon it, but was so inspired by her ability to stay so positive throughout all that she went through. lauren was such an inspiration to me, and i truly believe that if all people had as beautiful a soul as she did, the world would be a peaceful place.
    much love to her family,
    sofia

  30. Shedlick family says:

    Mary, Steve, Joe and Christine:

    Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your beautiful Lauren. She is an inspiration to us. Peace and love. gail

  31. Amkii says:

    Sadly, I only knew Lauren from the internet.
    It all began about… 8 years ago? Maybe even more.

    Somehow, we came to talk a fair amount via e-mails, and we both liked to visit and comment on each other’s websites. We both shared interests primarily in horses, but then realized we both enjoyed The Simpsons, Futurama, German, and Clarinet!

    She joined one of my online mailing lists, the Horse Club (or something like that). Everyone on that list got along really well, and we were all especially amused by Lauren. The list has long since been forgotten, but Lauren and I continued to keep in contact after it stopped.

    I came to visit her blog (this one) very often, and was always amused at the things she’d posted and pictures she’d shared with the viewers. I’d leave a comment every once-in-a-while, and sometimes I could talk to her on an instant messenger program.

    I found out through this blog that she’d devolped her illness, and I was very sorry to hear about it. However, she seemed to handle it SO well, and it really seemed for a while that she was almost completely better! She seemed like she would make it through, and that it wasn’t that big of a deal…like it’s just something that happens everyday. But she always made it seem like it wasn’t that bad. She was SO optomistic! I notice everyone keeps saying that about her. Surely it’s true. I must also mention, like everyone else, how funny she was! Although I only knew her in text form, she seemed like such a great and happy, friendly person! So easy to laugh and ready to have fun, and to make others smile and laugh with her.

    I usually checked on her blog everyday to see how she was doing, and what she was up to, but I’ve been a bit busy lately. Today, March 13, 2006, I came to see what amusing new comments she’d posted in her blog, only to find this memorial.

    I know this sounds silly, since I only knew her from the internet, but I cried. This memorial is so touching and sad…I can’t express enough how horribly I feel about her situation. Even though via the internet, I felt that, over the course of roughly 8 years, I got to know Lauren better and better, and I’m so glad we got to meet (…online, anyway). I wish I had known her in real life. I’m sure she was a fantastic person, on AND offline!

    Lauren has contributed to my life, even though if just virtually. I will miss hearing from her and talking to her, and being amused by her. I’m so sorry for your great loss. She was such an excellent person to know, even if just online.

    Lauren – you are greatly missed by all, even the people who only knew you from The Horse Club. ^_~ I miss you. You did not deserve to have this happen to you. May you rest in peace. Hopefully we’ll be able to meet, in a more real sense than the internet, some day. Farewell, for right now.

    ~Amkii (Cheetah88)

  32. Allie says:

    I didn’t know Lauren personally (that is, I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting her in person) but we’ve corresponded electronically for over five years, I believe. Visiting her site was always a good experience: she had the sweetest, nicest, most optimistic outlook on the world. Everything was always all right in Lauren’s eyes. I loved that about her. Coming to this site and reading her entries was always a high point in my day: not only was Lauren incredibly bright but she was witty, too. She was just a very good-natured person. I considered it a privilege to visit her site daily & relish in her rhetoric.

    I find myself missing her everyday :\

    I’m sorry for your loss. Lauren was an incredibly amazing (not to mention brave) individual. Her life, albeit cut short, was a very rich one: not only did she experience more of the world than most people… but she was always surrounded by those who loved & appreciated her. She had a wonderful life :)

  33. Kasey says:

    I found Lauren through Miss Doxie’s page and am so sorry for everyone who had the pleasure to know her. She was an incredible girl and I feel blessed to have just read her words of courage and grace. You are all in my thoughts.

  34. Nancy says:

    I’ve been reading Lauren’s blog for awhile now. Although I don’t know her personally, it felt like I did through reading her entries. She seemed like such a wonderful, fun, and beautiful person. She was such a fighter and a positive girl. And even though I didn’t know her personally, I do and I will miss her. My condolences to her family and friends.

  35. Lindsey says:

    Muncheekio, I find myself reading “The Cow Goes How” and thinking how blessed I am knowing you were in my life.

  36. Roger Frantz says:

    Grant, we beg you, O Lord God, that we your servants may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

  37. Jenn says:

    I didn’t know you, but you were obviously a blessing to every person’s path you crossed. Your optimism and strength in life give me a lot of hope. Thank you for everything, Lauren.

  38. Kalin says:

    Lauren and I “met” several years ago when we both had blogging sites. We read each others’ blogs and, even after I closed mine down, I kept coming here because of her wonderful personality that shone through all of her writings.

    I’m very sorry for your loss, I know all of us will miss her greatly.

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