one of the hardest things ever

I made the trek to Danville today to be with some friends who are spending a couple of days in the hospital there. A few months ago they got the news that the baby they were expecting wasn’t going to live. He hung on all the way through birth, passing away in his parents’ arms about 95 minutes after his arrival. Mark got to tell Josiah that he loved him, that he was proud of him, and that he did a great job of fighting to spend a precious few moments with mom and dad.
MarkHannahJosiah Josiah Emmanuel Holsing

Lots of family and friends have been praying and loving this couple, and they are so strong, trusting that the Lord is going to heal and restore and help them get through this.

But this is just plain hard. Awful. Terrible. Unfathomable. Unthinkable.

We would love for you to join us as we pray for Mark and Hannah and their family. They’re doing well, but the waves of emotions will continue to roll for who knows how long, and they will need the love and support of family and friends in the days to come. The death of a child is one of the most difficult things I can imagine.

2 thoughts on “one of the hardest things ever

  1. Stacy

    This is awful news and a tragedy. When Mark and Hannah are ready, please send them our way. My wife, Kristen, and some family friends started an organization (Emma’s Footprints) that helps families that have experienced the unimaginable tragedy of pregnancy and infant loss. They’ve helped dozens of families through a variety of services including counseling, memorials and even funeral expenses if needed. Most importantly, one of the founders (Tracy Dailey) experienced a similar loss 7 years ago and has found that Jesus can heal through even the most horrific circumstances. She is the perfect person to talk to because she has been where they are. She will take their call day or night when they’re ready. There are many difficult days ahead for Mark and Hannah but please let them know that a group of families in Erie, PA will be standing in the gap and praying for them in the days, weeks and months ahead.

    God Bless
    Chris & Kristen Banocy

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