Thursday, December 23, 2010

With a shattered heart...

I write to inform you all that Lucia peacefully went to be with her Heavenly Father last night.


  1. I'm so sorry. I pray the Theotokos comfort you this Christmas.

    May her memory be eternal!!

  2. Oh Ramia, I am so so sorry. My heart breaks for you, my eyes weep for you. I wish I had the right words to say. May God give you the strength to get through these hard days and may you find comfort in the glory of Heaven. She couldn't have asked for better parents. May her precious memory be eternal. ::hugs:: We love you dearly.

  3. Memory eternal, sweet baby Lucia! We are crying with you. We pray for her, and for you and Fr. Anthony. Lord have mercy!

  4. We are so sorry. You continue to be in our prayers. May her memory be eternal.

  5. Dearest Fr. Anthony and Ramia,

    My heart breaks at this news. I know that your dear-to-Christ Lucia is being held in the arms of God now, and she prays for us.

    Our continued prayers for your family, and for the blessed repose of Lucia. May her memory be eternal.

    - Fr. Michael Sakran & Family

  6. Fr Anthony and Ramia,
    I was saddened to read this blog today. I want you to know that we will be praying for you and for God's grace to fill your hearts at this time. I will also offer a Trisagion for Lucia this morning in the Church.

    God bless you,
    Father Athanasios Haros & Family

  7. Lucia has touched my life. May her sweet memory be eternal and may Almighty God and His Most Merciful Mother comfort you. Aleksandra Adamiak

  8. Memory Eternal!

    I am so sorry Kh. Ramia. We will continue to pray for you and Fr. Anthony during this time. Lucia was so strong and did such a good job. I cannot imagine losing her. Sending you my sincere love and prayers.

  9. I'm so sorry! May her memory be eternal. You are all in our prayers! {{hugs}}

  10. May her memory be eternal and may our Lord grant you and Fr. Anthony strength and peace.

    Fr. Peter (Virgil) Andronache

  11. Father Anthony & Kh. Ramia,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of Lucia's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. May God grant you comfort in knowing she is in the arms of the Mother of our God.
    Memory Eternal! Allah Yirhamha!

  12. May her memory be eternal! (How could hers not be?)

    We are keeping your family in our prayers. I hope He grants you hope this Christmas season.

    Kh. Nicole Damick

  13. Ramia,

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. My heart is aching for you and I wish there was soemthing I could do. God bless you all.


  14. May her memory be eternal, and may the Lord send you comfort, now and throughout the days ahead.

  15. May her memory be eternal, and may God comfort you as you mourn her loss. Surely He sees that little Lucia received as much love on earth as it was possible for her to have. God bless all of you.

  16. Fr. Anthony and Ramia,

    May her memory be eternal. Your family will always be in my prayers.


  17. Ramia,

    May her memory be eternal. We are so sorry to hear and may God comfort you and your husband through this hard time. We love you,

    The Kassis Family

  18. I am heartbroken for you. You all have my prayers, constantly...

    Memory eternal, beautiful one...

  19. Heartbroken for you...but also thankful to have "known" her here. Thank you for sharing her and giving us the opportunity to pray for all of you. She is a beautiful soul. May her memory be eternal!

  20. I am so sorry for your loss. We have been praying for your baby girl every day and we will continue to pray for all of you in the days ahead. She is such a beautiful child. Thank you for sharing her with us. May her memory be eternal!

  21. I am so heart aches for you. My son was incorrectly diagnosed with T18 while in the womb. I understand a very small part of the heartbreak you have experienced. We will remember all of you in prayer, may you be comforted by the Lord in this difficult time. Lucia will forever be in your hearts, and in ours. May her memory be eternal. The Jenkins family

  22. Dearest Ramia and Fr. Anthony,
    Our heartbreak cannot compare to yours but please know that Lucia has impacted all of our lives in a profound and deep way. Sweet Lucia will always walk with us and be a shining beacon.
    In this unimaginably difficult time, may you find consolation in the love you have for Lucia and each other, and especially in your precious memories of her. Lucia's memory shall indeed be eternal.
    Louise & Bruna Salhany

  23. I am so sorry to read this sad news. I will continue to keep you in my prayers, and may your memories of Lucia always be a blessing to you...... Memory Eternal !

  24. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

  25. Our condolences to you and your family, may she rest in peace now and her memory be eternal.

  26. Dear Fr. Anthony and Kh. Ramia,
    There are no words to describe how sorry we are for your loss. Angel Lucia will always be in our hearts.Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult times.
    May her soul rest in peace. Memory eternal.
    Bassem & Reina Nabbout

  27. Dearest Fr Anthony and Kh Ramia,
    I am so sorry.

    "With the saints give rest, O Christ God, to the soul of thy servant baby Lucia, where there is no suffering, no sorrow, no sighing; but life everlasting..."

    Memory Eternal.

    with love and prayers always,
    Vivian, Vanessa and Dimitri

  28. Dear to our hearts Fr. Anthony & Kh Ramia,
    I'm so sorry to hear about Sweet Lucia.
    May God comfort you both with the knowledge that she is playing with the angels and sitting at the feet of Christ. No more pain or sorrow, just joy eternally.
    With Love, Nila Dutcher and Family

  29. May she rest in peace and may her memory be eternal.
    Allah Yerhamha. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Khalil, Samar, John and Haneen Sakakini

  30. Memory Eternal precious, precious baby Lucia. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Kh. Ramia and Fr. Anthony. Please accept our deepest condolences.

    Charles and Rebecca Mousa

  31. Dear Friends, I am so sorry! She is truly a child of the Light! My heart breaks for you both, and I pray that you will be able to find peace. You are living my worst and daily nightmare, and you are doing it with grace and faith. Memory Eternal and forever, darling Lucia! Love In Christ, Anna, Justin, Nika and Leo DuMoulin.

  32. Fr. Anthony and Kh. Ramia,
    Our hearts ache for you both. Memory Eternal for Lucia! May the Lord be your comforter.
    Ann and Vassilios Bezzerides

  33. Our hearts and prayers are with you both during this time. May her memory be eternal. We are so sorry for your loss. Just remember that she is no longer suffering but is with Jesus and the angels up in heaven. May she rest in peace.

    Robert and Julie Swaita

  34. So, so sorry! God bless all of you and give you peace and strength. Memory eternal!!

    Lots of love from the Morrow family

  35. May Lulu's memory be Eternal and may God comfort your family in the coming days, weeks, and years. We have been praying for your family since we found out about Lulu's health problems and will continue to do so. If there is ever anything my family or I can do, please know we are here in whatever capacity you need us.

    The Farah and Smith Families

  36. Memory eternal...may God grant you the peace and comfort you need to get through this right now. Thinking of you and your family this Christmas.

  37. George and Kathy ChalhoubDecember 23, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Very dear friends, Aboona Anthony and Ramia,

    "Well done thy good and faithful servant(s)"
    You two are very special parents who showed Lucia (and all of us) the most love and devotion and profound faith, in the most difficult of scenerios. We will always remember Lucia's great strength, as well, and all that we learned from this angel on Earth.
    Our hearts are truly with you.
    Allah Yirhama, sweet Lucia.
    Lucia is your adoring angel in heaven. She smiles at you now and for always.

    We love you and pray with you.
    George and Kathy Chalhoub

  38. Grace and peace to you during this most difficult time. I speak as a parent who has buried a child and I know the grief and pain you are feeling. Please know that I am thinking of you today and praying for your sweet daughter. I'm sure she is resting on the bosom of Abraham, basking in the calm radiance of heaven.

  39. Memory Eternal, sweet Lucia.
    With tears I offer my deepest sympathies on your loss. She was an angel here on earth and her short life was an inspiration and gave us all great perspective. I know that Lucia was a gift even to those who never met her, because she taught us so much. Fr Anthony and Ramia, your daughter changed lives, she will never be forgotten.
    Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

  40. May her memory be eternal! My heart cried in sorrow and pain today for you and the family. I pray God continues to comfort you through the coming days, weeks and months. Know that you are and will continue to be in my prayers always.

    With Christ's Love,
    Gabriel Gadah

  41. Lord have mercy on you and comfort you as only He knows how. We remember you all in our prayers. May her memory be eternal.

  42. Sweet baby Lucia will always stay in our hearts and prayers! Memory eternal.

    My heart deeply aches for you but is comforted that Lucia is in His Heavenly Kingdom, away from all sickness and sorrow. She is among our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, His Mother, St. Lucia and all the Saints, where she belongs in peace and comfort. It is amazing to think that now she is the one praying for us.

    Fr. Anthony and Ramia, I love you both dearly and have a special place in my heart for your sweet daughter who I was never blessed to meet although I feel as if I know. Thank you for the gift of your words, beautiful pictures and sweet videos that have made Lucia a part of all of our lives. I pray that God grants you peace and comfort knowing that Lucia watches over you from Heaven.

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  44. Beloved friends,
    I weep for your loss and rejoice that Christ is Risen. I don't have the words to comfort you but offer my love. My priest once told me that we love our children because we suffer for them. No doubt you have suffered and no doubt your love is great.

    Your daughter awaits you in a glorious place....where sickness and suffering had fled away.

    Thank you for having Lucia. Her life was more meaningful in 5 months than many in a lifetime.

    With love.
    Marie and Joe Zogaib

    ps. we know some good peeps up there in Heaven. She's in good hands:)

  45. Fr. Anthony and Ramia,
    We're so sorry to hear of such a painful loss of your beautiful little one. May her Memory be ever eternal and you're in our thoughts and prayers.
    Much love,
    Heather, Aaron, JJ and Corbin Spencer
    Norman, Okla.

  46. The Lord was listening to our prayers. We begged Him to show mercy on this beautiful baby girl, Lucia, and He did. Your daughter left foot prints on all of our lives Ramia and Father. I know she has taught me so much. My family and I are praying for you all.

    Part of me is at ease knowing Lucia is with God laughing, crawling around with all of her friends, and it not suffering.

    The only yhing that seperates us from Lucia is our time left on earth. I'll see you soon Best Friend:), sister, and beautiful girl.I love you Lucia.

    Always Supporting Trisomey 18,

  47. Dear Fr Anthony and Ramia,

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you during this time of mourning. May her memory be eternal and we know that she is in heaven with our Lord and smiling now that she is no longer suffering.
    May her memory be eternal. We pray that God grants you peace, comfort and strength through this tough time and we will continue praying for you both.
    Love you both,
    Wadih, randa, Deanne and Natalie

  48. May her memory be eternal. Love and prayers and tears.

  49. May our dear Savior's love surround all of you during this time of loss.

  50. May your dear daughter's memory be eternal.

  51. Our love and prayers are with you at this sad time. May our dear Lucia's memory be eternal!

    The Lysacks

  52. May Lucia's Memory Be Eternal!

    We'll be praying for you both during this difficult time.

  53. Freddy & Amy Khalaf and FamilyDecember 23, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    May Lucia rest in peace she is now a Angel with you at all times.

  54. memory eternal Lucia. I hope I get to meet this beautiful angel someday, and am so thankful for how much of a blessing she was, is, and will be forever.
    with much love,

  55. Dear Fr Anthony and Ramia,

    Our deepest condolences to you both on the falling asleep of Lucia. We are praying that God's comfort surrounds you during this Advent Season. May her memory be eternal.

    With Love,

    Jimmy and Gina

  56. May her memory be eternal. Lucia is the strongest and most beautiful little girl I have ever known.

    Tony F

  57. This child of the light, of the love, and of the prayer is now with our Lord, in peace where there is no sorrow, nor suffering...
    May the Lord have mercy on her soul and on us all...And grant you and Fr. Anthony strength and peace...
    My love in Christ,


  58. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you peace and strength. God Bless You, Kelly, Treva, Conner, Karlie and Levi

  59. Dear Ramia and Abouna,

    Our hearts and our deepest sympathies are with you at this time. Lucia was such a great blessing, may her memory be eternal, always.

    Laura and Alex

  60. May her memory be eternal! I pray that through the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, you find comfort and strength through this hard time. My prayers are with you and Abouna, and we will continue to pray for your angel. She will always be in our hearts.

    Maria Saikali

  61. My heart aches for you, my friend. Thank you for sharing little stories about the precious life of Lucia. They have humbled me and definitely touched my life. You & your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Remember that the Nativity is about hope and the promise of Christ coming to save us all from darkness.

    May her memory be eternal!

    With love & sincerity,
    Kristine Lumovich Lorentz

  62. I write this from the Birth Centre where I work as a midwife. Thank you Ramia, and thank you Lucia for walking this journey. As wrenching as it has been (and still will be), Lucia's little life will save others, I am convinced. With this blog, I have something concrete to show families whose little ones have Trisomy 18, and who are frequently only offered abortion as a means to deal with it. Vechnaya pamyat, vechnaya pamyat, vechnaya pamyat, may she rest forever in the light of Christ.
    Tobi-Lynn Bayarova

  63. I am so sad to hear of the loss of your beautiful Lucia. She has joined the great cloud of witnesses, where together they will celebrate the birth of our Lord with no pain or suffering, but life everlasting.

    Please know that you are never far from my thoughts and prayers. May her memory be eternal.

    Much love,
    Megan (Nutzman) Morris

  64. Father and Ramia,

    Our hearts are heavy hearing the news of little Lucia. Mica and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet her and know her incredible strength. She will continue to be an inspiration for all of us. You both have shown us the best example of what it means to be a parent and how to love. We love you both very much.

  65. Father Anthony and Khouria Ramia,
    May Lucia's falling asleep be given the life Christ gave her through his Holy Life, the beginning of which we celebrate tonight.
    Memory eternal
    With much love to you,

  66. Father Anthony and Ramia,
    Your family is in my prayers, may Lucia rest peacefully with our Lord.
    I love you both very much!
    -Sonia Nicola

  67. I'm praying for her little pure soul, as it journeys to the heavens to be with God...and your family. You've done a great job as parents, loving her and I'm sure God has a reason for it all, although it is hard to understand at times. I like this quote by Tennyson:

    Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.

  68. Ramia words cannot express the sadness I feel for you & Fr. Anthony. May the love, peace and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ comfort you and Fr Anthony knowing that Lucia is with her heavenly father and experiences no more suffering, pain or discomfort.
    Our prayers are with both of you.

    Love in Christ.

    Julie & Linus

  69. Dear Ramia and Father Anthony,
    I grieve with you, asking God to grant you peace, and to give rest to Lucia, the child of Light.
    Brenda Bray

  70. Abouna Anthony and Khouria Ramia,
    May Lucia's memory be eternal. May our Lord comfort you in this time.

    Thank you for sharing your story. It has touched my heart and taught me a lot about love and faith.

  71. Father Anthony and Kh Ramia,
    Although I was not fortunate enough to meet her, I know that Baby Lucia has touched all our hearts. May her memory be eternal.

    I love you both,

    Mary Sayegh

  72. On Behalf of the entire NAC Fellowship of St. John the Divine I offer you our deepest and most sincere condolences. You have been in our prayers since this summer, and we will continue to pray for you both and for the soul of precious baby Lucia. May her memory be eternal

  73. Ramia - I am so sorry for your loss! May the Lord be with you, your husband and entire family throughout this time.
    I am praying for you!

    With my deepest and sincerest condolences -
    Rosangela Coscarella

  74. Fr. Anthony and Kh. Ramia,

    My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your sweet baby. I will continue to pray for you and the soul of beautiful Lucia.

    Kh. Ramia, you don't know me but I just wanted to say that I was touched by your honest and heartfelt blog. Thank you.

    May her memory be eternal!

    Ranya Kapellakis Karatzoulidis

  75. I am so honored to have known her. Thank you. I will never forget her, or your love for her.

  76. Fr. Anthony and Ramia,

    "With the Saints, O Christ, give rest to the soul of Your servant Lucia, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no suffering, but Life Everlasting."

    Please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts. May our Lord give you strength and comfort.

    May her memory be eternal!
    +Demetri and Gloria Costarakis

  77. Some words from the beloved Saint John Maximovitch (I read them recently, and felt drawn to share them...):
    "...the infants [who have passed away] make the following confession: 'We have passed by the evil spirits without suffering any harm. For the dark custom officials saw our spotless body and were put to shame; they saw the soul - good and pure - and were embarrassed; they saw the tongue immaculate and pure and blameless and they were silenced; we passed by and humiliated them. This is why the holy angels of God who met and received us rejoiced, the righteous greeted us with joy and the saints with delight said, 'Welcome, the lambs of Christ!'"
    May Lucia, Child of Light, and Lamb of Christ, always be close in your hearts, dear parents. Our sincerest condolences for your extreme loss. May the Panaghia wrap her comforting arms around all three of you in a warm embrace. Memory eternal!
    Juliana Thetford
    (Jabra Tannous is our granddaughter's Godfather)

  78. Dearest Ramia;

    My sincerest and most heartfelt condolences for your loss. I have been following Lulu's journey and although I have not posted before I have kept your family and your sweet angel in my prayers.

    May your most precious angel rest in peace. I will continue to keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.


    Randa Leiper

  79. May Lucia's memory be eternal and may the Theotokos comfort you and your husband. We have our own Lucia, who is 2 1/2 now, and who shares your little Lulu's nameday. We will all be praying for you, and our Lucy will say a special prayer for yours and for you tonight. May Christ who was born a human child have mercy on you in your loss and may his Theophany bring you blessing and peace. "For weeping shall endure for the night but joy cometh in the morning." With love in Christ, Lydia, John & Lucia

  80. I've been thinking of you and your precious Lucia tonight. We pray for you daily. May her memory be eternal.

  81. Just a note to say that we learned of your little angel's journey and passing only recently. You have captured her beautiful life in this blog and in your memories of her and we hope that you are finding the peace and comfort that you need in this time of transition. We are certain that your angel is looking down on you and we are keeping you all in our prayers always.

    Tanya, Tim and Sofia (from Ottawa)