Also, I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile. My dearest friend of 8..9? years and her husband recently lost their vibrant and gorgeous 4 year old daughter. My ‘niece’ Vienne Juliet. She was a tiny, but spunky light, an absolutely angelic little girl. She touched everyone she meet with a bit of pixie dust that cast an enchantment over them. She was a princess that slayed dragons. A dress wearing dinosaur lover. A color-outside-the-lines dancing, singing, delight.
These last months have been hard as I, my husband and our children have been processing this. The reality of death has sunk in. Vienne was playing happily with our eldest just days before she left this world. An unknown infection in the heart. Playing one minute… gone the next. It is sooo much to grasp. Too much to bear. It has left me shaken and unsteady.
Please read more about this grief journey written by my friend here, http://forvienne.blogspot.com/
The blog was originally started as a place to compile fun, sweet and memorable moments. Since Vienne’s passing it has become a memorial to her and a place for Jenny to process her grief.
Can I ask, rather, can I beg of you one thing? Do not leave her advice. Do not tell her she is doing something wrong, or at the wrong time. Grieving has no steadfast rules. And to be honest, I admire her courage in this. She is processing this so gracefully. A word of encouragement, a prayer, a blessing… or a similar story to share with her is appropriate. But nothing else really. I hope you can see I want to protect her. She is fragile as you can imagine.