Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sad Days


My little grandson, Michael Ralph Hooten, passed away in his sleep sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning. I mentioned his birth with great joy in a recent post, and feel I need to mention his passing here as well. It has been a tragedy for the entire family, and we are all indebted to friends and aquaintences who have been so kind during this time. The cause of death is being attributed to SIDS.

We are also indebted to Shelton-Hunt Funeral home in Humboldt, Tennessee, who performed the services and donated the casket free of charge, a service they frequently provide for young families faced with such a loss, so that during their grief they are not also faced with financial hardship as well.

The person who sold my son the grave plot for a fraction of what it was worth should also be mentioned, although I'm not sure of this persons name. All Occasion Florist of Humboldt provided a discount on the flowers and help with the service as well.

While tragic, this experience has reminded me of how truly kind, generous and loving human kind can be, and I thank everyone for their comfort and support.

The booties I was making this darling child will be wrapped up and kept as they are, as a rememberance. I will soon resume writing more about my knitting, but today I felt it best to leave this post to the rememberance of little Michael, and the lives he touched.

5 comments:

FiestyWench said...

Oh Robbie. Oh I am so, so very sorry. We lost a little one very late into a pregnancy, and it is a very awful thing. My sincerest sympathies and condolence to both you and your son and his partner. For all the dreams and imaginings that have been dashed, and for the pain I know they are feeling, and for the overwhelming grief, I am so very, truly, sorry.
May they cling to one another and to you, and make it out the other side.

Michelle said...

Robbie,
I'm so incredibly sorry. Just reading that made me cry and appreciate my 3 babies so much. Please know we are thinking of you and your son and his partner. Michael will not be forgotten.
Michelle

Anonymous said...

Oh Robbie, I am so sorry. My sympathy to you and your family!!
It's always so very hard to lose a little one.
I will be thinking of you.
Jane.

Anonymous said...

Robbie,
I thought no more tears could be shed, but this is such a beautiful aticle from you. Being with Finis, Kristen, and the children during this sad time, was 3 days I will chreish for the rest of my life, seeing how this terrible tragedy has pulled everyone ever so close together. Your frequent phone calls meant so much to us. The flowers from you and Chris were so beautiful! God must have needed another little angel, and he chose Baby Michael. This being my first Great Gandchild to leave us this way, has surely been a burden, yet a blessing to know he will never have to suffer here on earth. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and kind words during our time of great a loss.
"Little Michael is Gone, But Will Never Be Forgotten"
I Love You,
Mom

Anonymous said...

Robbie,
I thought no more tears could be shed, but this is such a beautiful aticle from you. Being with Finis, Kristen, and the children during this sad time, was 3 days I will chreish for the rest of my life, seeing how this terrible tragedy has pulled everyone ever so close together. Your frequent phone calls meant so much to us. The flowers from you and Chris were so beautiful! God must have needed another little angel, and he chose Baby Michael. This being my first Great Gandchild to leave us this way, has surely been a burden, yet a blessing to know he will never have to suffer here on earth. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and kind words during our time of great a loss.
"Little Michael is Gone, But Will Never Be Forgotten"
I Love You,
Mom