Today, I tuck you in one last time and kiss you good
night. I am sending you on your next journey well-prepared—sturdy
boots, warm clothes, and your Natty Gann hat.
You were the most amazing young woman. So brave. So
kind. So compassionate.
You are loved and respected by so many people but,
most especially, by your loving family and friends.
Dad, Eric and I are feeling such a tremendous loss
because, to us, you were simply our little girl, our little sister,
and with your passing—believe me when I say—you are not
going alone because each of us are sending parts of our hearts with
you. They are crushed and broken and although the wounds will heal,
we will always know that the reason our hearts just don't feel the
same is because they are living on in your spirit.
You were the best daughter and sister any mother,
father and brother could ask for. We felt the love and your gratitude
for good family and a good home.
We will forever keep your memory alive and strive
to keep your spirit, and passion, and loyalty, and convictions burning
brightly in our selves and to instill your gifts in others. You inspired,
and you motivated, and you nurtured so many people.
We are so proud of you—you awesome, awesome
And now, the hardest thing I must do in my life is
to tuck you in for the last time. And kiss you. And hug you. And tell
you I love you.
Now we lay you down to sleep; we pray the Lord your
soul to keep; may He guide you gently through the night. And wake
you with morning light.