Thursday, March 3, 2016

Until we meet again

Tragedy hit Travis' family 2 weeks ago.
Sunday morning Travis and I woke to lots of texts and phone calls from almost all of the members in his family. Travis' sister Nikki had text saying that they were at Primary Childrens Hospital with their 5 month old son. He was found face down in his crib late Saturday night with labored breathing.  They did everything they possibly could to help little Maximus get better but the damage had already been done. He was officially declared brain dead Monday morning.
We all went to Primary Childrens to say our goodbyes and be with Nikki and Brett. It was one of the hardest things i have ever had to do and it wasn't even my child. The pain and sorrow in that room was overwhelming but yet at the same time there was a feeling of comfort. Thanks to the knowledge we have of the Plan of Salvation, Atonement, and Eternal families. We knew that this wasn't the last time we would be seeing little Max.
Through the whole week leading up to Max's funeral we spent a lot of time with Travis' sister and her family. Understandably they didn't want to be at home alone so there was constantly family, friends and neighbors there keeping company. I was in awe of how amazing and strong and spiritual Nikki and Brett have been through this whole ordeal. I hope to be more like them because they are truly special souls.
The funeral service was beautiful, filled with love and special memories of little Maximus Harvey Michaelis.
Max is a hero. He donated his heart, liver, and kidneys and saved 3 lives. He was 3 other families miracle. So even though he was only 5 months old he had such a big impact on so many peoples lives.
I know this is a pain that will not soon go away for all involved and especially for Nikki and Brett and Max's 4 big brothers and 2 older sisters. I love this family and hope that i can help in even the smallest way. Please pray for my Sister-in-law,  Brother-in-law and their family as they have a long road ahead of them learning to live this new life without their littlest.

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