My sister Elizabeth experienced two major losses right in a row..a stillborn son followed by the death of her husband Brian.
This site has been established to accept donations..All proceeds from this site will be directly deposited into a private trust being established for Brian's 1 year old daughter and his wife..I, her sister set up this fundraiser to raise money for medical expenses &to help my sister out. she had to plan 2 funerals.
A LOST SON
my sisters first experience with grief came when her baby boy was born still..She had gone through a healthy nine-month pregnancy with her son, and went into labor right on his due date..She had the feeling he was going to come right on time..Her 14-hour labor went well, but when her baby's head emerged, he became stuck and the doctor had to maneuver the cord from around his shoulder..He weighed nine pounds and was absolutely beautiful, but he wasn't breathing, and never began..They gave him to my sister to hold, and she kept him on her chest for over an hour..she held him as long as possible.
THE BAD NEWS
Brian was in Afghanistan 18 months on the final deployment he owed the Army..He was there for only six weeks when he was shot and killed ona three-day mission..His team was chasing member of the Taliban when he was shot in the back of the head..It happened very quickly, and they believe he didnt feel anything..Elizabeth was staying at our parents condo with her 9 month-old daughter when she got a phone call from an Army chaplain..Ordinarily, Brian called her at the same time every day to check in, but several hours had passed since their regular chatting time and she was already feeling a lot of anxiety..The chaplain explained that Brian has been shot, and Elizabeth instantly went into shock.
THOSE FIRST DAYS
Elizabeth operated on auto-pilot this time, and felt very numb..The military flew her to Germany with Brian's sister to say goodbye..She didn't know the extent of his injuries until she got there because they wanted to tell her in person..She spent the next two days at his side in the hospital.. She barely ate and did not sleep..She called our family several times throughout the time that she was there so she could extra support and cried nonstop..Once she was back home she completely broke down when the family and a group of girlfriends met her at the airport..She was taken back to my house and constantly had her friends or family members around to help with her every need..She mainly stayed in bed and welcomed sleep when it came.
Elizabeth's sister Lauren.