After losing our sweet little Ellie, we were in shock. Our friends and family had no experience with the tragedy we faced. The sudden loss of a young child doesn’t occur very often in any one place, so there were few people to talk to who had lived through something like this. When I was in the pit of my despair, several people reached out to me and let me know that I was not alone.

I needed to know that others had survived this. I wasn’t sure I could. I wasn’t sure my family could.

A kind gentleman called me and told me his story of losing his dear son in a tragic accident several years before. He listened to me and sat in my pain with me. He gave me the gift of hope that we could survive. He was a gift that I needed at the moment that he called.

One of my wife’s friends from high school also let us know that she was there for us. She had lost her son and husband recently and suffered terrible injuries as well. Her willingness to share in our pain, in the middle of hers, gave us hope too.

We receive many requests for connections to others with similar losses at Ellie’s Way. It’s been quite overwhelming.

So, we created a group on Facebook where we can connect and share our stories. It’s a place where you can interact as much or little as you like.

Join our Ellie's Way Group!

Here’s what you will find in our group:

  • Encouragement and love!
  • Over 12,000 members and growing.
  • Question of the Day with many comments and discussion.
  • Remembering Special Days program for heavenly birthdays and angelversaries.
  • Daily caption contest.
  • “Share Your Memories” events.
  • Volunteer teams to get involved.
  • Special events for holidays.

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Lois Hunter

Thank you for your story of ‘Sweet Ellie” . It was a touching story I lost my husband and I have good days and bad days. The memories are so hard on me. I realize they are a gift also.


Thank you for sharing your story I am 26 years old and lost both my parents within 8 weeks my father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and passed away this July my mother had multiple sclerosis and she passed away September both this year I saw my parents every day and had to quit my job being a nurse to move in with them and be a full-time caregiver as well as being a mother for my six-year-old son. I have been a wreck and just can’t seem to get out of this dark cloud

How heartbreaking it must have been for you to be the one to nurse both of your parents through their last days:( On the other hand I think of your parents and how comforting it must of been for them that their daughter was there for them in their last days rather than some stranger:) Often times husbands and wives go through the devastation of losing one another like the grieving wife who also posted on this thread. Though it was a double hit for you losing both parents so close together, your parents were spared that “grieving one another”… Read more »