Sunday, 7 November 2010

A Huge, Huge Shock

I found out this morning (7th) that my beautiful, beautiful, 16 year old cousin, and our god daughter, passed away on Friday evening (5th).

I was actually chatting with my Aunt on the phone at the time, and she said to me that she had to go, as Emily was being sick.

It turns out that she was choking.

There was nothing that my Aunt could do, and the paramedics could do nothing either.

I am posting this retrospectively one week later (today is the 14th) as I have been unable to bring myself to think about this shocking event without breaking down.

We chose Emily for our family. When I say we chose her, she was adopted by my Aunt and Uncle when she was a few weeks old. Her birth mother did not feel she could cope with a Downs Syndrome child, which is such a shame, but by the same token, very lucky for our family. She was such a joy to be around, and so very loving.

We had the honour of becoming her godparents.

I have just been told today (14th) that her 'party' and celebration of her life, or funeral for those of you who are more traditional, will be on the 23rd. At 1pm we shall be releasing pink helium balloons into the air in her memory.

We love you so much Emily Charlotte Rose. Now you can be with Nanny, Grampi and Uncle Alan - I now you will keep them in line!


  1. Dear JO,
    This news is so sad,that I do not know what to say.I am so sorry for your loss and I send my condolences to Emily's family.It is sad when anyone dies,but the death of a child is so tragic,I am so sorry for you all.

  2. Oh Jo...I am soooo sorry to read about your sad news. You must all be so devastated.
    Sending you a Big Hug and Lots of Love.
    Condolences to you and Emily's family. xxx

  3. Oh, I am so very sorry to hear this terrible news. I will be praying for peace and comfort for you and your family and especially for your Aunt and Uncle. She sounds like she brought so much joy to everyone, treasure the memories.

  4. Hi Jo

    I am so sorry to hear your very sad news, it is awful when you lose anyone but losing a child is worse and to lose her from something like choking and not a really bad illness is so terrible.

    May she rest in peace, she obviously was very special to you all and was chosen to be with your family.

    I can understand that you could not post this immediately, in fact I think you are very brave doing it now, so soon after the tragedy.

    Big hugs.

  5. Dear Jo, I'm thinking of you and your family at this sad, sad time. Lots of love to you and all of your family. Rest in peace Emily.It sounds as if she had a great,yet devastatingly short life with your family. As Jordiegirl said you are very very brave to write this on your blog.I hope you all find the strength within, and eventually things will get better in time.

    Lucy xxxx

  6. Thank you so very much everyone. It has been a very trying and testing time, but we now know that the funeral will be on Tues 23rd and have the pink balloons ordered and ready, so if any float past your way, you know where they came from and why. The support I am getting from everyone is so fantastic. Once more Many Many thanks xx

  7. Hi Jo

    I do hope you are feeling a little better now after such a sad time for you and your family. I really do miss you posting on here and look forward to your return.

    I've actually got around to doing some posting today, at long last, I have now finished making Christmas cards and sent them out with hubby to sell so should have more time to blog.

    Big hugs