Saturday, November 28, 2009
My soul dies with you.
Kiersten Elise Sump (my Bug) died last night at 10:22 pm at Elyria Memorial Hospital. Officially.
Unofficially, she died in my arms at 8:55 pm at North Rec skating rink in Elyria.
Her heart just stopped beating; as much as this hurts, we probably won't ever know why.
She knew no pain, and no fear. She was gone before she hit the ice last night.
Kiersten was 9 years old. She was the best, brightest thing in my life and bringing her into this world was best thing I have ever done. I will never, ever stop missing her.
There have been times in the last 24 hours when I have wanted to join her in body, because she already has my soul with her.
We were able to donate her heart valves for transplant, so maybe someone else won't have to go through this heartache.
I need until Monday to set this up, but rather than sending flowers, please support one of the two things that Kes really cared about.
Love a stray is a no-kill shelter for cats in Avon Ohio. They place cats at PetSmart for adoption and every time Kiersten went into PetSmart, she stopped to visit the kitties. They made her smile.
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has an adopt an animal program. Kiersten's favorite animal was the gharial. Only my Bug would love a gharial. But you can make an adopt-an-animal pledge in Kiersten's memory. They'll pool the donations and put her name on the parent's list every year.
Thank you for all the wishes and prayers. They mean a lot today. They'll mean more after all the people leave and my house is quiet.