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When something like this happens; everyone wants to know why. How can a child be healthy and vibrant one minute and then taken in the next? Our comfort is in knowing that Shiloh was home with us.  She was running around and playing like how she often did. We don’t know why but her heart and breathing just stopped abruptly. She collapsed and in my heart I believe her spirit was welcomed home in that moment. She was at peace.

Very early during my pregnancy with her, the doctors couldn’t find her heartbeat. We cried out to God and petitioned him for her life. I believe he answered that prayer and graciously gave us the 7 ½ precious years that we had with her.

My heart yearned for her before I ever held her in my arms. She was our little girl. Our baby. We loved her fiercely, tenderly, with our whole hearts.

I know that Shiloh touched many hearts. People described her as their “ray of sunshine”. She was almost always happy, joyful, bubbling over with life. She was kind and had the kind of heart that couldn’t comprehend cruelty. She had the sweetest smile and her eyes sparkled. Oh goodness, the little mischievous smile! She could get away with anything! She was cute and precious, even while she was naughty. Her shenanigans were the stuff of legend. So many funny stories that we will be able to laugh at in the years to come. Often we just didn’t have the heart to be stern with our discipline. I am so glad now.

She loved animals. She wanted to be a zookeeper when she grew up. She loved to dance and sing. I don’t think there was a day when she didn’t color, paint or create something. Everything that she did was with her whole heart. She really loved her family. She loved her pets; Copper and Sunshine. She was so outgoing and made friends wherever she went. She really cared about people and didn’t want anyone to be sad. She also had amazing teachers at Parkside that saw her for the absolute treasure that she was. She was surrounded by love everywhere that she went. And now… she is immersed. In the ultimate love.

She was utterly sweet and pure. I always felt like I needed to protect her. She was my heart, beating precariously outside of my chest. To love deeply and completely is such a vulnerable thing. You don’t know when a life will be cut short. Even in our pain, we know that ultimately she belonged to God all along. In our final moments with her we commended her spirit back into his loving hands.

She was a daughter and princess of the King of Kings. She was Jesus’ little lamb. He brought her safely back home. I have no doubt she is curled up in his lap right now.

Shiloh- you will always and forever be our precious little girl. Our hearts will be with you in heaven until the Day.

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4

Funeral services for Shiloh Rose Schwartz will be held Friday, February 14, 2020 at 3:00 PM, with visitation beginning at 1:00 PM, at Buffalo Covenant Church in Buffalo.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. 763-682-1363. www.thepetersonchapel.com.

66 Guestbook Entries

  1. Roxie Tenhoff

    I have kept your family in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. Shiloh is such a sweet soul. May she rest in peace.

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  2. Robert Moe

    This eulogy is absolutely amazing. You are truly a witness to God’s love and grace. I am so sorry for your loss and happy for your memories. My prayers for you and your family in your time of mourning.

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  3. Bermel family

    Schwartz family, we are so saddened to hear of Shiloh’s passing. She was always so happy and a delightful little girl. We are holding you all tightly during the days and months ahead. Sending all of our love.

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  4. JoEtta Baumtrog

    I did not know Shiloh, but my Daughter Amanda Baumtrog said she was the biggest ray of sunshine ever. Amanda so loved her! So many people were touched by her. If we only had answers why, but we do not. My sincere condolences to all of her family, friends, teachers and all who will never forget her. Tears will be shed as she is not here, but many smiles of memories of those who she touched with her vibrant short life. Your Guardian Angel be with you.

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  5. Brent Garrow

    So sorry for your loss. Shiloh sounds like she was a ray of light and brought much joy to those around her. I can’t imagine the pain and grief you must be feeling but I will pray for God to ease your burden and help you heal.

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  6. Bob Hagen

    Beautifully written about a precious young lady. Shiloh was. So sweet. When we visited she had a special name for me I was BobGuy. I loved that name. I am thankful for the times Terry and I spent with Tim,Sierra, Michael ,Gabe and Shiloh. .I will never forget her cuteness and smile which came so easily.

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  7. Tammy Jacobs

    Shiloh and I exchanged greetings and smiles in the halls at Parkside. I am touched by your Faith and hearing stories from staff of Shiloh’s passion for Jesus! She is there now! We can not bring them back to us, we can only live our lives right to join them in heaven one day! ( paraphrased…2nd Samuel 12:23) Your Faith will help you through–the laughter, tears, heartache, time, and talking are all parts of healing. I pray for your whole family. Shiloh won the prize–she is with JESUS!

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  8. Craig Kumpula

    What a beautiful testimony of your precious angel! For any parent, the loss of a child is about the most heart-wrenching thing we can imagine. Our daughter is also in second grade at Parkside, and we have a son in fifth grade who is friends with your son. You don’t know us, but know this, that we weep with you. May God give you comfort in your time of sorrow. “And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.” (Mark 9:36-37)

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  9. Jenni Weese

    To hear her name brings a smile to my face. When I close my eyes I can still see her fluttering down the hallways of PES. Especially that Friday morning as she received her PES award! What JOY filled her heart!!!!!
    She marched to the beat of her own drum & what a gift she was to all. Thank you for sharing her with us. May God continue to bless all of you during this difficult time & continue to give you peace.

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  10. Valerie Brown

    Such a Wonderful testamony to Gods amazing 💘 Grace throughout trials and tribulations in life. Love to you all.

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  11. Jessica vaughn

    I’m sorry for ur loss my thoughts r with u and ur family she will be miss very much and she’s looking down on her family n friends

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  12. Jade Pontinen

    I’m very sorry about your daughter. I’m paying my respect to your family. I’m heart is hurting for your family

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  13. Abbie Mahan

    Sierra and family,

    What a beautiful eulogy.

    I am so sorry I didn’t get to meet this ray of sunshine, but I will surely be thinking of all of you.

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  14. Wayne & Gwen Johnson

    Gwen and I are so saddened for you two and your family. You have been in our prayers since we learned of Shiloh’s sudden passing. She was truly an angel which we recall from when she was a toddler. God be with you and comfort you all 🙏🙏

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  15. Wayne & Gwen Johnson

    Gwen and I share your grief and have been praying for you since we learned of Shiloh’s sudden passing. We just have no words other than God’s comfort for you both and your family 🙏🙏

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  16. The Ramos family

    Hello,
    My son Jaidin started school in December and he said Shiloh was so nice and welcomed him to be her friend. He cried and misses her deeply. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  17. Marilyn Vinkemeier

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. I can not imagine your pain. But praise God that He never leaves us or forsakes us. I just finished reading the book, Heaven is for Real and Shiloh is truly sitting on the lap of Jesus her Savior and Redeemer!

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  18. Bobbi Nevens

    What an Angel and Beautiful little girl Shiloh was. The love and joy that Shiloh brought to you and her family, will never be forgotten. I am thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time and pray that you find comfort in all of the memories you have of Shiloh.

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  19. Jocelyn

    To the family of this spunky little girl. I know Geoff & Lori! I found out about your daughter/ granddaughter from other ex-coworkers! As you try to understand why this happened, know that she is in heaven with God! It’s hard to understand when things like this happen, when you lose a loved one too soon! In your obituary, you wrote she had 7.5 wonderful years here on earth! God must have needed a special, creative, spunky little girl like Shiloh Rose! Thinking and Keeping your entire family was in my prayers during this difficult time and for the days yet to come! You have a special little angel watching over you all! I hope she visits often and reminds you that she is near and always in your heart! Blessings to you all!

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  20. Jeff Carey

    Tim, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family in this rough time.

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  21. Michelle Dehnel

    What a beautiful tribute to Shiloh’s life and your love. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  22. Amanda Grimm

    I had the grateful opportunity to hang out and get to know Shiloh several times at PES. My daughter, Allison Dalbec, who is Shiloh’s friend and they were in class together. Allison and Shiloh would sit together at lunch almost everyday and I would come have lunch sometimes too! Shiloh was so sweet and truly a beautiful soul. I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you.

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  23. Jon Bilyeu

    Tim, I don’t have the words. All I can say is that you and your family have my deepest condolences and sympathy in this unspeakable time.

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  24. The Andress Family

    I am sorry it took us so long to write how truely sorry and devastated we were in Shiloh’s passing. Words will never come and be complete for us as we still haven’t come to grips.

    She has become like one of our own family, just as Sierra, Tim, Michael Gabe and Copper have; she was also one of my daughter’s best friends. Kallima knows she is in heaven, but at a tender age of four she doesn’t understand she won’t see her again. She keeps saying, however, that Shiloh is with “God” and is an “angel child.” We will keep your family close and hope to help in anyway we can. Please don’t be afraid to ask as I know the grieving will never really end for beautiful Shiloh.

    She truely was one of the first people in the neighborhood with Sierra to welcome us when we moved in 2016 to Buffalo. Since then, her endless energy and spirit have always been welcoming us and running across the street just to say hi, even in this Minnesota cold. We will deeply miss her smiles, sunshine demeanor, endless energy for life and Target trips…Kallima getting some sort of chocolate and Shiloh getting lemon loaf.

    We love you Schwartz family,

    Until we meet again Shiloh, Lamb of God; whom I am sure is a greeter for other children entering heaven’s gates.

    The Andress Family,

    Kristina, Corey, Kallima, Cayden, Harold, Rosco and Lucy

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  25. Laurie Raymond

    Dear family of Shiloh-so sorry for your loss. Your words in tribute of her are beautiful.

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  26. Mary Lou LaBore

    “The love and joy you gave to your daughter Shiloh was shared by her to others. People who knew Shiloh gets to keep her in their hearts and pass on Shiloh’s love and joy to others. You shared that love and joy in your message about your daughter Shiloh. I did not get to meet your daughter, but I feel the love through your words.

    My love and prayers are with you.

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  27. Sharon Gregor

    So sorry for your great loss. May God bind up your aching hearts and tenderly hold you in these difficult days. May He be your sustinance and peace until you see Him face to face and are reunited with your sweet baby again.

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  28. Tad Snider

    Our family is thinking of you.

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  29. Mary Collar

    Dear Sierra,
    I just read your comment about the loss of your daughter Shiloh, on Beauty Beyond Bones, which is my daughters blog. I just wanted to reach out and tell you that I’m lifting you up in my prayers tonight. Your situation is incredibly painful. I’m so sorry for such a painful loss.

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  30. Linda Cipera

    My heart truly aches for you both. What a tremendous loss. It is good you have each other. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You touched our lives tonight. You will touch many more in the days and months to come. Take care of yourselves and each other. Your daughter is always with you.

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  31. Sushmitha Baskaran

    I came across this from your answer on Quora. I don’t have any words to comfort you. But I will say that I too have no doubt that she’s in heaven with Jesus right now. May God bless you. I’m very very sorry for your loss.

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  32. Robert Neal (Quora)

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
    Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
    And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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  33. ola

    I read your comment on Quora and i am writing you from Lagos Nigeria and i have to say what great faith you have in Jesus Christ and he asked me to leave some comforting words even if my flesh fails me on words to write, but by the spirit i declare healing to you and his peace he gives to you not as the world does. Be assured that God is on this stormy boat with you and you will receive joy for these tears in jesus name. I am so sorry for your loss,but we know heaven has gained this perfect angel she is indeed very beautiful

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  34. Aditya Tiwari

    This hit me like a thunderbolt, its shocking beyond words. I cannot begin to imagine what you must be going through. I hope that my wishes can help you a little bit in getting by, in this difficult period. Shiloh, along with everyone else in your family is in my prayers. I wish the universe channelizes love and strength to your family!

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  35. Mona Washington

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you Love and Light.

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  36. Karen Yao

    Such a beautiful little angel here on earth. Tho i dont know her, but i can feel the love she gave to those who know her. Rest in peace, little angel…

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  37. Charlena Edge

    I saw your post on Quora and came here to read about your precious Shiloh. My heart is breaking for you but I also feel inspired by your love, grace, and your gratitude. Where some may be rightfully angry, your gratitude and good hearts are why God chose to give Shiloh to you. For you to be the ones to take care of her, and for you to share her wonderful, loving qualities with the rest of the world. The family who wrote in and said her son started school in December and Shiloh welcomed him as her friend resonates with me because so many times in my childhood I needed that friend. He will remember her always, and I will keep your family in my prayers. I thank you so much for sharing her with us and I pray for peace and comfort for you always.

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  38. Shirley Barclay Shoujaa

    Hello Shiloh’s Mommy,

    I’m Shirley a mother of 2 and I write to you from Africa. I am also a member on Quora digest. I came across your story and I must confess, that what has happened to you over the years must have been the strength of God taking you through.
    I am deeply hurt and sadden for your lost, may God create a stronger bond in your family. My condolences to your husband as well, must as well be so hard for him. I can’t even wrap my head or imaging what you could be feeling right now, but God will send you a comforter, to fill that vacuum that has been created from your lost. Remember, you have to be strong for the rest of the family. There is a reason and a purpose for which God sent her your way, you shouldn’t forget that. There is a reason why he chose you to be her mommy. I’m praying with and for you and may God bless your family with good health, clothing, shelter and all the amazing things He has in stored for your lives. Stay bless.
    All my regards,

    Shirley

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  39. Karin Richmond

    Sending my prayers for strength as you find your way through each day.

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  40. Anju

    Came here through Quora. Praying for you at this difficult time

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  41. Ruth Ssebuliba

    Read your story on quora. I’m sorry for this great pain. Your daughter’s smile lights up my heart. I pray that you’re able to be reunited with her again when Christ returns xx
    Love you so much, Holy angels please give this family extra strength to make it through.

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  42. Bikash

    Came through Quora…Oh my god !!! Crying reading through this. Take care…

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  43. william richardson

    What a beautiful tribute as a result of a very tragic death. Years ago I read a book entitled, “The Bereaved Parent”. The author of that book had lost a young child due to sickness. The book offered such parents hope to continue life by the assurance that although the blackness would never be fully eliminated, it would gradually fade with time. It echoed the above eulogy by stating that only parents who had suffered such a loss could truly comprehend the magnitude of the loss and suffering the child’s untimely death caused. In my opinion, it should be required reading for anyone who has lost a child or someone who is trying to provide comfort to such a parent. May you find some solace in this book and my thoughts and prayers are with you as you endure this loss.

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  44. Shishir Trivedi

    To Shiloh’s mum and the rest of the family – This is from Bangalore, India. I cannot even imagine how you are going through this loss. May almighty bestow all the world’s strength upon you.

    Wish, there were words.

    All I can say we have to be thankful for those fortunate 7.5 years that this beautiful angel graced this planet and you were the luckiest amongst all that she chose you to be with. Sometimes we just do not know God’s purpose in doing what ever happens to us.

    Rest assured, she is at peace and happy as ever and would love to see you smile and treasure what she gave you.

    With heavy heart, I pray for you.

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  45. Imhade Joe-Tokurah

    I’m here from Quora. I’m so sorry Shiloh is gone, May she rest peacefully and singing with the angels. It is well with you and your family. Xoxo

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  46. Linda M.

    I don’t know you,but my heart hurts for you, as a mother and grandmother myself. I just came across this on Quora and it so made me cry. Just feeling your pain and seeing your daughters beautiful face. May god be with you and your family
    and warm you with comfort. My deepest condolences.

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  47. Jlynne

    I read her story and yours on Quora. My heart aches for you. May you and your family find comfort, strength and peace in her memory and your remaining days in this lifetime until you are called home to be with our heavenly father and reunited with your Sunshine Shiloh. May God Bless you with his strength and love.

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  48. Gabry Kuijten

    Came here through Quora. So sad to have your beautiful child taken from you so early. I’m glad you find solace through your religion and hopefully with loved ones around you. Sending you strength and wisdom

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  49. Quora-Maria

    Dear loving parents,

    I know there is nothing I or anyone else can say to make even a tiny dent in the pain you feel, and I’m so so sorry for that. I wish that words could mend this. We are praying that God will hold your heart’s in his hands, that he will carry you, and that you will feel Shiloh’s bright and wise spirit with you, every single second of this earthly life. We are also praying for the most joyful reunion possible for you both and your baby girl. May you have the kind of peace that passes all understanding in this most wicked of storms. Sending love and prayers.

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  50. Jerrie Olinger

    I also found myself here through Quora, reading comments and realizing what a truly special girl you bought into this world. I hope to meet Shiloh and her family in Paradise you all sound like a really amazing family with much love and support from friends and others, I know God will be with you all and trust that you all will feel His peace and presence in the days to come

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  51. Terry

    I just read your story of your precious Shiloh Rose on Quora. I lost a grandson yet will not claim that I know how you feel, because there is no way I can begin to comprehend your loss. My deepest condolences.

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  52. Chukwudi Anyafulu

    Words cannot be enough..

    Though the favorites of God die young, they also live eternally in the company of God.Be strong and know she is in a better place.

    …. With love, your friend from Quora.

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  53. Susan Williams

    What can I add to whats already been written. Here through Quora like many. My heart is absolutely broken and at the same time, I have such respect and admiration for the parents you clearly are. We can all learn much from your words. I pray that your pain subsides as you deal with this heavy burden. I send you much love and hope that you continue to find some measure of comfort in your faith. God bless you and hold you close. My tears are testimony to the wonderful words you wrote and please know they will bring peace to many.

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  54. Sheighla

    I saw your post on Quora and felt touched. My sincere condolences to you and your family from me here in Africa. I also lost a daughter and I felt the memories coming back. May our dear Lord strengthen you during this dark time and may Shiloh’s spirit sleep in eternal peace.

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  55. Fellow parent

    Her life touched so many in such a brilliant way.
    Your love for her was pure as day.
    This angel sleeps at heavens gates,
    Welcoming the souls who wait,
    Spreading cheer, releasing pain,
    She knew this light,
    Before it came 💕

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  56. Peter Rose

    I don’t wish to intrude,but I feel I have to say I was
    so sorry to read about your daughter’s death. As a father and grandfather in England.U.K. my heart goes out to you all.

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  57. Jaycee

    I came across post on Quora and I am so so sorry for your loss. As a parent, I can imagine your pain. May Shiloh’s young and beautiful soul rest in peace and may God comfort you and grant you the fortitude to bear this very painful loss. Amen

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  58. Elizabeth Elliott

    What a beautiful little girl. My heart breaks for you! At the same time, however, I’m so happy to know how lucky she was in her short life to have parents who loved her so much, who appreciated who she was and who will carry her with them as long as they live. Right now her loss is a very heavy load to carry, but one day the joy of having known her will light you way. You are forever changed by the love you shared with her. The best to you. I’m just a Quora reader, but reading about the love you had for Shiloh has put the world (we’re living in today) in a better light. Thank you for sharing.

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  59. Elena Medina

    I read your heartbreaking story in Quora and I just want to say God Bless you and your family today and forever.

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  60. Elnora Webb

    I was sorry to read of the passing of your beautiful daughter.
    Jesus showed power over death by resurrecting the 12 year old
    daughter of Jairus. Please, read the account in your Bible at
    Mark 5:35-43 and John chaper 11. You will find true comfort and
    Hope.

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  61. Judy Penner

    I read what you wrote on Quora about a half hour ago. I don’t usually write much on Quora, but felt like I needed to write to you. You published some wonderful pictures of your daughter. I love those, and how you wrote about her. How loved she must have been! You expressed yourself so beautifully even in the midst of your pain. I’ve been going through a shocking medical situation the last 24 hours, and your sharing touched me. I only just came to read the Obit you wrote and I’m even more touched by your sharing. I’ll be praying for you and your family and friends, and especially Shiloh’s friends! What a difficult thing for all of you to go through, what a life changing thing for each of you. Those friends of hers will never forget her. They will always remember what a great kid she was and even if they never communicate those memories to you, know that she will never be forgotten by them, they are all so young! I’ll be praying for you. I don’t know you and what you are going through right now, but I know that God does, and I trust Him to meet those unspoken needs we have when we go through losses like yours. May God be your comfort and strength.

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  62. Tonia Carden

    I found your story on Quora. I lost my little boy on February 27, 2019. He was 7.5. The emotions that I felt that day and beyond cannot be expressed in words. God has kept us though and He will do the same for you. It is a long road. Some days we are encouraged and other days pressed down. I want to encourage you to daily seek out almighty God for grace, peace, and courage. He is truly near to those who call. No matter how feeble our call is, He answers! I pray for you, your family and all who know your precious daughter who is now in the presence of the Lord! That you will find comfort as you mourn. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

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  63. Judyann Gallego

    Thank you for sharing your most painful loss with us. My heart has been touched as I hear of God‘s faithfulness giving comfort to a sweet grieving mama. I love your firm belief and testimony of hope and faith that Shiloh is with Jesus. God’s promises are reliable, life-giving and bring hope when our hearts are full of sorrow and loss. Thank you for sharing your very recent loss and your testimony of God‘s faithfulness during this difficult time. I’m sure many have been touched by it just as they were touched by Shiloh‘s life when she was here. As the grieving process continues I trust that the Holy Spirit, your personal Comforter, will continue to brIng Hope, encouragement and strength during the days when you live in “the land of missing”!.
    Much love in Jesus, Judyann

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  64. Fiona

    I was saddened and touched reading your beautiful words.
    I’m so sorry that you’ve been through this. As a mother myself I cannot begin to imagine how you must be feeling.
    I want you to know that God is near to you. Your tears are precious to Him and though at times we struggle to understand His ways, He always works for the good of those who love Him. You and your family are blessed and loved dearly by God.
    I’ll be praying for you all.
    Thank you for being bold enough to share your story.
    God bless you all.

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  65. Sharon

    Her eyes went straight into my heart as I looked at her picture. I was compelled to read her obit. I’m not a poetic writer, but the words “her soul danced into the starry cosmos” keeps coming to my mind. God bless you and her father.

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  66. Israel

    Sierra,

    I’ve read your story in Quora, and I could really feel your pain in your words. Shiloh looks like a blessed child in a blessed family. I grief your lost, and I know how painful is losing a child. I lost a baby in 2007, and even today I still carry the pain.
    I hope God may give you strength to live everyday.
    It’s really impressive and touching your grieving testimony. The Bible says that we must cry with those who cry.
    I wish you can learn manage the pain. And Shiloh be a sweet part of your history.

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