Dawn’s Story

Site created on February 12, 2019

On February 12, 2019, Dawn was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. She died on April 21, 2019 (Easter Sunday). Her passion and beauty, amazing strength, her deep faith in Jesus and deep love for her dear daughter, her husband (me), her friends and her family sustained her and kept her grounded in each day she lived as given by God. Her prayer was for a full life and for her many people to be for this world a real community of hope. Thank you for your love, your prayers, your compassion and presence whether near or far.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Daniel Harrell

Many who followed Dawn's voyage  continue to hold Violet and me in your hearts. We are both blessed and grateful. We're traversing the pandemic seas with everyone, thinking often how it would have been with Dawn on board. The picture we humorously envision is one of Dawn wrapping our house in plastic to ward off the virus. She was intense like that.

As part of the ongoing voyage, I've been working on a podcast about grief with Clarissa Moll, a writer and mom of four who lost her husband, tragically and traumatically, to a hiking accident. Today, she and I launch Surprised by Grief, produced by CT (Christianity Today). Give it a listen and share it with others. And thank you again for all of your kindness. It's meant the world.

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