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.