Liam

Family and Friends-

It is with tremendous sadness and grief that I write this message to tell you that Liam passed away this morning due to complications from his brain injury. He has struggled hard since he was born on December 19, and now he no longer has to struggle at all.

The gift that we have experienced of having him with us for as long as we did will be forever cherished and foremost in our hearts. He has taught us so much, and will continue those teachings for a long time to come.

Ahna, Ezra and I would like to thank each of you for the love, support, thoughts, prayers, and help that you have given to us thus far. There is no way possible that we could have been able to be there for each other in the way that we did without what you gave to us.

We are in the process of planning a private funeral service and a public open-house for either Monday or Tuesday. Updated information will be posted to the blog.

All our love,
Oren, Ahna, and Ezra

Comments

  1. Tom Lombardo says:

    The Lord is with all of you.

  2. I am so sorry. I love you.

  3. Sorry brother

  4. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your grace, strength, endurance, and unity has inspired so many. Our deepest condolences for a loss that no words can describe. The Hickey Family

  5. Josh Smith says:

    Oren,
    I am so sorry for your families loss. You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers through this hard time.
    Josh

  6. As they have been all along our hearts once again go out to you. Thank you for giving us the chance to get to know a bit of Liam via the blog. I know that his spirit and memory will live strong within you and a bit within each of us because of the chance you gave us to get to know Liam. You are in our minds and hearts.

  7. Pat & Lowell says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family in your loss. Thank you so much for sharing this personal journey with us. You and your family continue to be in our prayers. Our love and support to you all.

  8. I love you guys!! Thank you for sharing your journey (through your blog) with us. You are amazingly strong and little Liam has made you more so. Please know that I will continue to pray for all three of you. Maybe Chris has already had a chance to hold Liam and tell him how wonderful his parents are. : )

  9. love and prayers from texas.
    liam will always be remembered as your sweet angel baby.
    i can’t imagine the journey you are travelling. but, you both have made this difficult journey, beautiful.

  10. Dani (Carin's Mom) says:

    I am so sorry for your loss and all you’ve had to go through these last 2 months. Liam was a beautiful baby and he will always be a part of you. Now that part can be a peaceful one knowing he is with God and no longer suffering. Please give my condolences to the grandparents as well. They won’t ever forget him either. The pain will diminish with time but the love of this child will last forever. i know I won’t forget him or your love for him.

  11. Don and Sonja says:

    You are in our hearts, and we share, to the extent someone else can, your sadness. Your strength and spirit through this two-month journey have been an inspiration to others. May you cherish forever the time you had, may the wishes, prayers and support of friends and family continue to comfort you through the coming difficult days, and may the wound of your unbearable loss heal with time.

  12. My heart breaks to read this. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  13. Gary, Linda, Kyle, and Alyson says:

    Our deepest sympathy to your entire family during this difficult time. What a journey you have shared with us; we know that God is welcoming Liam into His arms.

  14. Sandra Hernandez says:

    Know that you all have become a part of my family since you arrived at Children’s after our Dylan. Your Dad was an angel for our family in dealing with our loss and for that I am truly thankful. And getting to share this time with Liam through his “Little Hippie” blog has made it more special. Yours is a truly remarkable family; my heart and prayers are with all of you during this time.

  15. Stephanie A. says:

    My thoughts and prayers and with both of you. I’m very sorry for your loss. God bless you and baby Liam.

  16. We carry you with us in our hearts until we can be together again… love, tori and thomas

  17. Jim & Char Halsey says:

    Our hugs, thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cherish the time you had together and hold him in your hearts forever. A special hug for the grandparents also.

  18. Stephanie Williams says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You have been in my prayers and will continue be.

  19. Sarah Leonard says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I’m thankful for the precious time you had with little Liam, and for experiencing it with you through this blog. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you.

  20. The Bertram's says:

    I feel honored to have met Liam, and to have seen him. I am so sorry for your loss brother. Our family has kept you all in our prayers and even Lacey who is 3 remembers to pray for “daddy’s friends baby who is sick” she always remembered Liam in her prayers. We love you guys and thank you for the lesson that you have taught us. May God continue to bless you!

  21. Please know that we are here for you during this time of sadness. You have a truly amazing family that continues to surround you with a constant love. May this love and the memories of Liam sustain you in the coming days. God bless all of you!

  22. Matt and Terri says:

    Love, hugs and prayers to you in this difficult time and beyond.

  23. Crystal and Jim Maguire says:

    Oren and Ahna,
    Know you have been in our thoughts and prayers since your journey began with Liam. Our hearts break for you. May your family find comfort in God’s loving embrace. I’m sure Jeff is watching over Liam and has taken over the role for you as “His Brother’s Keeper”. God bless you

  24. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do please call!

  25. You have loved that little sweetheart all the way to heaven. Our deepest and sincerest sympathy to all of you. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.

  26. May the Spirit intercede for you with groans to deep for words to express.

  27. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little boy. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

  28. I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers. Much love.

  29. I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for keeping us posted through the “Little Hippie” blog. Please know that we are here for you if we can help in any way.

  30. We love you guys. Our deepest condolences.
    Billy, Teri & the entire Goldfeder Family.

  31. Beth in Michigan says:

    We love you each so much! We are holding you in our thoughts and prayers and wish our arms could stretch through the miles encircle you and hold you tight today and through all the coming days! Beth, Jeff and kids

  32. I’m so sorry. May you feel God’s peace.

  33. katy gibbs says:

    We offer you our deepest love and prayers.
    Katy, Toby and Davey Gibbs

  34. Carole Malezija says:

    May the memory of Liam be like a golden thread woven through the tapestry of your lives. His memory will live on within you heart and souls and of everyone who knewn him through you. Your incredible strength during Liam’s life is a testimony of true faith. May God Bless you Ezra and your entire family. Love to you
    Carole & Joe

  35. The Colorado Fullers says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult of times. Our hearts ache with your loss. May God bless you all and keep you.
    Much Love: Craig, Cathy, Jack and Will Fuller

  36. Your courage, grace, and ability to maintain a sense of humor through such a difficult time has been awe inspiring. Thank you for sharing Liam with us; I hold him and the rest of you in my heart.

  37. I’m so sorry about all you have been through. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers during the next stage of this journey. We love you.

  38. Mark and Kendra says:

    We are so saddened by your loss and the grief and pain you must endure. Liam was a beautiful baby and is now at peace with his Uncle Jonathan watching over him. You are wonderful people and have taught us a tremendous lesson with the grace you have handled these last two months. Your are in our thoughts and prayers.

  39. The spiritual hugs sent across the miles are sent as we read with angst the news about Liam… A brave little baby, now with his Uncle Jonathan (anniversary tday), has touched so many lives. Peace be with all of you….
    Jan Onieal

    • Ahna and Oren, I have read every word on your website this year. I have prayed for your entire family. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Oren, your words have been so eloquent every day. You and Ahna are truly amazing parents.

  40. Sue Morgan says:

    Oren and Ahna, my deepest sympathies to you and your families. Liam was blessed with your incredible love and strength. My continued prayers go out to you.

  41. Dave, Gina, Caroline and Joseph says:

    Oren, Ahna, and Ezra. Our hearts ache for you. Liam was a beautiful baby who touched so many hearts in his short time on earth. His spirit will live on. God Bless and comfort you all. Your courage and strength is an inspiration. With Sympathy, love and prayers, The McGrail Family

  42. Kellie Horn says:

    Words alone cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. I’m thankful for the time you were able to spend with Liam, as you will always cherish those memories. We pray for strenth for you in this difficult time.

    Kellie & Mike

  43. The Merrells says:

    We are heartsick for your journey and your loss. Liam made a huge impact in such a short time. Thank you for sharing him with us all.

  44. May you know God’s presence with you in your grief. Thank you for sharing Liam’s life and its lessons with us.

    ted

  45. Marty, Jane, Warren and Sara Frank says:

    Please accept our deepest sympathies on your loss. Liam was quite the fighter. You are all in our prayers.

  46. Sarah Winter says:

    Thinking of you all . . .

  47. Sorry guys at least he is in a good place you guys are in our hearts

  48. The Loomers says:

    So very sorry for your loss, Ahna, Oren & Ezra. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and will continue to be with you. I thank you for sharing Liam’s short, but beautiful, life with us.

  49. Maybe it helps a little for you to know that your family has touched our lives here in England. I have felt guilty watching this blog (introduced to me by one of your friends), as I do not know you and it is such a personal journey. But you have spoke truth of extended hospital stays (which I experienced with my parents), of trying to maintain normality in the most trying of circumstances, and of the need to savour every day as it comes, whatever it has to offer. We have held our children a little tighter — your love for your children and each other has in some intangible way brought us all a little closer too. May that love sustain you through these difficult days and may peace be with you all.

  50. Bob & Marilyn Gnewikow says:

    Our hearts go out to all of you.

    Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Little Liam doesn’t have to suffer anymore and now you can all start to heal and go on from here.

    No it won’t be easy and you’ll miss that little one terribly, but I guess God said it was time for all of you to have peace in your lives and know that little Liam “your little angel” will be ok now and so will you all.

    May peace be with you always as God will be.

    Sincerely,

    Bob & Marilyn

  51. Lindsay Tsakistos says:

    We saw a huge, beautiful buck peacefully walking through a field this morning. Liam and his life lessons will never be forgotten. We continue to keep your family in our thoughts. Love, Lindsay, Andreas, and Lydia

  52. Phil & Carrie Abernethy and family says:

    Our hearts were very sad to hear the news, our thoughts and prayers go out to Oren and Ahna as well as all of those Liam touched. The Lord bless you all.

  53. Rosalie Doering says:

    My deepest sympathy to your family. May you find peace in this very difficult time.

  54. David and Cindy Russell says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Liam. Our prayers and love are with you all and little Liam who was so blessed to have you as his family. David and Cindy

  55. Because of you I will hold my babies a little tighter each night. God bless Liam and your entire family and may peace fill your hearts.

  56. from the other side of the ocean, i´d like to send you all my prayers…God bless.

  57. Marcie Campagnola says:

    Oren,
    You have so eloquently and selflessly shared your son with all your blog followers. I am sure you know that we have all cried with you and have all admired the strength you and Ahna have displayed through the last 2 months. You express yourself so well and show how deeply you feel. I am so sorry for your loss. It was clear that you and Ahna made the most of every moment you were allowed with Liam. I feel certain that he felt the love you expressed so well. You both have my deepest sympathies.

  58. God gave a precious gift to a beautiful family to cherish and hold. Liam is in God’s hands now. My prayers are for your sadness and grief, and my heart is broken for you. May God’s peace bring you “beauty from ashes.”

  59. Andrew and Jillian Wessman says:

    Our hearts break for your loss, and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Wessmans

  60. We are praying. The High’s

  61. Kayla (Larry and Valerie's Daughter) says:

    I send prayers to you and your family and am so sorry for your loss.

  62. I came across your blog while searching for 72hr cooling success stories for anoxic brain injuries considering my nephew is in day one of cooling.

    I have spent the last few hours reading post by post of Liams story, but when I clicked on this post my heart jumped. I was not expecting this horribly sad news and my heart broke for you. I was looking forward to March’s post bc I had a feeling he’d be home. I’d be reading updates about stuff from home.
    I’m am so terribly sad you have joined this group of loss. I have been a member for almost 2 years and every time I meet someone new that joined, my heart breaks all over again thAt this pain is shared.
    Liam was beautiful, i love all his photos and loved reading your story. God bless

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