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Ty’s Story

Ty Stephen Bennett Rivers was born at 12:30 PM on March 28 by emergency cesarean.  Due to a rare defect in the placenta, Ty had been severely weakened by blood loss that occurred for some time before birth.  He received amazing care in the NICU at Meriter Hospital for five days while we all watched and waited for his recovery.  Unfortunately, his little body was not able to recover.  He died peacefully in the loving arms of his mother and father on Good Friday, April 2.  Little Ty touched many hearts during his short life.  We will be forever changed and forever grateful for the time that we got to spend with him.

Latest Journal Update


I wasn't planning to add any more updates to this journal, but I felt
moved to continue to honor Ty and everyone who touched our hearts during
his short life.

Ty is three years old in Heaven today.  So much has happened in just three years, yet not a day goes by without thoughts of my sweet boy.  As the Easter season comes around, I think about him even more.  I also remember all the wonderful friends and family who were there with love and support through the entire week and through the last three years.  I'm so thankful to all of you.  If I haven't thanked you personally or recently, please know that your kindness will never be forgotten.

This year in particular has seen a whirlwind of change with a new job, new relationship, new marriage, new house (complete with sea shells) and new hopes and dreams.  Today we visited the cemetery and found that Ty's grave is not only near my own great grandparents but also right across from my husband's grandparents and great grandparents.  To me this seems like another big coincidence in a long string of wonderful synchronicities that keep me going when the winter seems long and I wonder if I'm on the right track. 

Ty's sister is doing well.  She is truly the happiest I have ever seen her.  She is thoughtful and caring but also very clever and funny.  I sometimes wonder what Ty's personality would be.  I imagine him as sweet but mischievous.  I think of him looking out for his big sister and the rest of his family as he grows up in Heaven.  I think he also sends us signs from time to time and maybe even plays a few jokes on us. 

Happy birthday, Ty! 
Love, Mommy