There Are Angels Among Us

A beautiful boy.

Gabriel James Elder. Meaning “hero of God.”

April 16, 2012 at 16:58 hours to parents Jennifer and Ryan and big brothers Michael and Brady Elder.

4 pounds. 11.5 ounces. 18.5 inches.

Heaven’s newest angel.

There are angels among us. And there are no words to heal the hurt. My heart breaks for my friend’s loss of her little light.

A memorial fund has been set up in his name. Please consider donating.

Losing a child is not fair. And it’s not easy, no matter when it occurs. No clichés or well-meaning comments from others can simply make it all better.

So today is a day to sit back and remember. May Gabriel and all the little angels out there know how loved they are – even though we never had the chance to meet you.

Our heart hurts for a friend who lost her son. Angels walk among us, loved so deeply, no matter how little time they lit up our lives.

Hello and goodbye little one. You have touched us all.


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3 Responses to There Are Angels Among Us

  1. Holly

    so very sorry.

  2. Nancy Welker Caracciolo

    Even in such tragic circumstances you have the perfect words. What a wonderful tribute! My heart goes out to the family – such a crushing loss.

  3. Ryan Elder


    Your words are beautiful. Thank you for keeping our son in your heart. Yes, Jennifer and I grieve for the little time that we had with Gabriel, but we also feel truley blessed that we were able to welcome him to this world and feel comfort by holding his little hand as he continued on his journey. We don’t say goodbye, as Gabriel will always remain in our hearts.

    With deepest Love,
    Ryan and Jennifer

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