Saying Goodbye

10639369_10204152237793762_3457155000506897464_n (1)With the same peace and grace Emily exhibited in life, my beautiful wife and best friend left this world yesterday. Circled by friends and family whispering her much-deserved praise, she made her exit. We held her hands, we rubbed her feet, we kissed her forehead and we said goodbye to the best person we will ever know.

In the coming days, we will finalize plans to celebrate her extraordinary life and the impact she had on so many. In the mean time, we will focus on being thankful just to have known and existed alongside such a remarkable person.

If you would like to express your own thankfulness for Emily and sympathy for her friends and family, in lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to one of the following organizations.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us to carry this burden. The road was smoother and the load lighter with all of your help. As we are thankful for Emily, know that she was also so thankful for each of you.

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15 Comments

  1. Bret,

    While it’s difficult at the moment, please find solice for your grief in that you showed your wife more love that some will ever know. You have a beautiful love story to carry in your heart, always. I’m proud of your strength and unwavering optimism.

    My heart aches for you during this most difficult time. Peace with you.

    Warm regards,

    Emily Jaschke
    UHCL c/o 2007

  2. Bret,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Emily was amazing, and I feel blessed to have been able to witness her strength and grace. I will continue to lift you and yours and Emily’s family up in prayer for the days, weeks, and months to come.

    Amy McCann

  3. I am so sorry for your pain and loss, and my heart aches for everyone in the family missing Emily. Peace and love and light to all from your cousins in Dallas.

  4. So sorry to hear this and I want your family to know they are in my prayers. Emily was a special person and she definitely left her mark in this world. I was proud to know her.

  5. So sorry to hear of the loss of sweet Emily. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and friendship to my nephew Andrew and fun soccer times with my daughter Ragan. I know she and Andrew are enjoying time in heaven and are both beautiful angels, laughing and smiling together.

  6. Emily was indeed a strong, yet gentile, beautiful young woman who was taken too early. I try to comprehend God’s reasoning, but I am just at a loss. His ways are higher than mine & maybe He needed a beautiful, caring & brave young woman to hold a very important place in Heaven. Emily was that & MORE!

  7. Bret,
    While I’ve only been in yours & Emily’s Family a short while, I learned quickly that Emily had a beautiful and graceful soul. My heart goes out to you for such a painful loss, but am thankful Emily is at peace.

  8. Bret,
    My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Emily taught me so much in the time that we spent together. She was so kind and giving. I had never met someone who loved queso as much as I do. She made me want to be a better person and be put together as well as she was. I enjoyed every moment I was able to spend with her and will forever treasure it. She was such an amazing person and will truly be missed.

  9. Bret,
    My heart aches for you hearing this news. God bless you and your family right now. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you .

  10. Bret, I am so very sorry for the loss of Emily. What a beautiful person she was. I prayed for you both so many, many times. Much love to you.

  11. Bret, I am so sorry for the pain you are growing through. It makes my heart hurt to hear of the recent news of Emily. You two shared a love that was so special. May God comfort you and give you peace in the coming months. My family will continue to lift you and Emily’s family up in prayer. Heaven welcomed a beautiful Angel home. We love you Brett. Aunt Carolyn.

  12. I’ve know Emily for years and years and to my own misfortune, not very closely. However it didn’t take lengthy exposure to her to KNOW how amazing she was. I consider myself truly blessed to have known her. Very rarely so you come across someone so infectiously kind. I’m terribly sorry for your loss Bret as well as for all of her friends and family. You are in my prayers.

  13. She was a sweet, funny, beautiful child who grew into an amazing woman. I’m so grateful I was fortunate enough to be able know her during both phases of her life . She lived a life of grace with such dignity and humor. I always loved that precious laugh she had that would start with a quiet giggle then grow into full blown laughter. She definitely had the sweetest smile I think I have ever seen. I loved watching she and Laura grow up together. What a gift her life has been to so many. I will cherish the memories of knowing her.

  14. Real grief is not healed by time.
    If time does anything, it deepens our grief.
    The longer we live, the more fully we become aware of who she was for us,
    and the more intimately we experience what her love meant to us.
    Real, deep love is, as you know, very unobtrusive,
    seemingly easy and obvious, and so present that we take it for granted.
    Therefore, it is only in retrospect—or better, in memory—
    that we fully realize its power and depth.
    Yes, indeed, love often makes itself visible in pain.
    Praying the pain of sorrow reminds you of the great love you enjoyed . Praying that memory strengthens you for the days to come and the adventures that or before you. Love you my brother, love you deeply.

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