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Such sweet sorrow

I’ve tried to write this post so many times in the past week, only to find I don’t know what to say or how to begin or how to perfectly paint the picture of all that has happened in the past two weeks. At the beginning of this month, on a Sunday morning, my sweet sister Lauren passed away. My mother’s words ring in my head–she had a miraculous death.

Every time I prayed for my sister as we were dealing with her cancer I found myself always coming back to the word merciful. Praying for God’s mercy–with her, with my mother, with my family. And that feels like exactly the gift we were given.


It feels odd to describe a death as “good”. It doesn’t ignore the sadness and the grief, but it does recognize that she left us with no pain, no fear. It was gentle, and merciful.

And as we all gathered in her room, around her bed and prayed for her and for us and let her go, just a little bit of gratitude crept into my heart as well. That God was merciful. That we were all there. That we will see her again. That her body is now new and restored.

Psalm 139
Psalm 139

12 comments on “Such sweet sorrow”

  1. Dear sweet Lauren. Part of my childhood. A gentle soul. Dan M’s video of her with all the birds was pure joy expressed. XO

  2. So sorry to hear about your sister’s passing. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I’m glad you and your family were able to be with her. You will see her again!

  3. I’m sorry that you have lost your sister, but I am thankful that her death was miraculous and filled with mercy. Blessings and peace to you and your family.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss(es).
    It will be an honour to meet your sister when my turn has come.

  5. dear molly, thinking of you during this time of reorientation… and sadness. praying for you mom and sisters, too. so grateful you were with her.

  6. Will keep your family in thoughts and prayers. May the Lord hold you close. Psalm 34:18 May you feel and see your sister with you in a comfort and peaceful way.

    Molly your post is truly beautiful.
    God Bless~

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