Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Rest in paradise, my darling Lola...

Lola Grace Hartley 
April 28, 2006 ~ October 12, 2019

[Post from Facebook on October 12, 2019]

Early this morning, with a full moon shining in our PICU window, our sweet Lola ascended into the Heavens to be reunited with her big sister, Claire. Her body was overcome by back-to-back viruses as well as other medical complications that she was not able to overcome. She fought with everything in her to stay. She is quite literally the strongest human being we have ever known. She could have left so many times over the course of her 13.5 years, and every single time, she chose to stay. We are completely devastated. She was an absolute warrior till her last breath and final heartbeat. We are going to miss her so incredibly much.

We are in complete disbelief and shock that we are here again just shy of 10 months after losing Claire. Lola has struggled so much more since Claire passed in December. She has required oxygen, constant monitoring, and extra care, and we fully believe this is a result of missing her big sister. We have no idea how to chart a course through this tremendous grief & PTSD we are feeling. It just seems utterly impossible at this time.

We want to thank our night nurses, babysitters, therapists, teachers, family & friends for always providing such wonderful care and love for Mrs. Pockey. You are and will always be family to us, and we love you so very much. We also would like to thank the Wesley Children’s Hospital PICU team of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists & staff for believing in our girl and for treating her with such love and respect. We love all of you.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 551 N Hillside St Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67214. We are ever so grateful to them for allowing us to stay there so we could be close to Lola during her hospital stays.

Share condolences at the following link:  Lola's obituary

Link to local  news story about Lola's passing: KWCH News 10.12.19

Link to local news story about Lola's passing: KAKE News 10.12.19

Lola ~ 11.9.10

Lola ~ 10.4.16



Tanya Ann Oliver said...

Thank you for sharing Lola with the world.
It is a better place for it.

Know that she is remembered, not just by those she met, but by so many of us who 'virtually' knew her through your blog and social media.

You and your whole family have been, and continue to be, in my thoughts.

NOLASAMO said...

My god. I have been checking and checking on y’all since Claire’s passing and this was not the update I was expecting. I am so so so sorry for your loss and I wish words could help but I know, I KNOW, there is nothing to be said to help your pain. Just wanted to let you know, however, that your girls were absolutely known, adored, and that down here in New Orleans, someone is remembering them and thinking of you, as well. Sending my love.


Unknown said...

Wow I read your story and it is so inspiring. I'm so glad that you had and I would say have two beautiful lovely daughters. I just wish I could have been lucky enough to have met them. Love from Scotland x

Unknown said...

Ive lost a son at 17 sadly completely healthy but had cancer so i truly know the heart ache and times youve faced and will..they were beautiful girls and their free now may they continue to laugh play and be the soul sisters they were met to be on other side. deep felt surrow 2 in just a year...iI wish words could say what you need to hear.. I almost feel uneasy saying this but if your ever open to a medium with just the expense of dear needed messages from those who passed then please message me. Hugs

Lps honeycomb said...

She was so cute. My condolences

AK_Strangelove said...

I would love to talk to you somehow! Your experience with your son, sounds a lot like me. I send you all my condolences and blessings!

AK_Strangelove said...

Thank you so much for sharing their beautiful, and touching stories! You guys are incredible, I admire your strength so much! God bless xoxo

Helen Kapetis said...

I am sorry about your sweet little girls. You have grace and resilience. Know they are always with you.

Mohan The Mass said...

Sorry to hear this , 10 months and another loss .
Hope they been together in heaven .
Stay positive ...

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