To All Of My Beautiful Friends

May 15, 2015
Jude Meyers Thomas


To all those we know and those we have yet to meet,

As I sit here this morning looking out the window of our new home, I am so overcome with gratitude for all the loving, beautiful people in our lives.

The pain and agony of losing our precious Hannah is still so raw I sometimes feel I can’t make it through another day. And then, I go to my mailbox and find it full to the brim with cards and letters from my wonderful extended family all over the world and I feel this surge of hope that one day we will feel at peace again.

I read each and every card…everyone beautiful and unique. The love that flows out of them is almost tangible. Caleb has literally been moved to tears to find letters addressed just to him. His pain is deep and you are offering him hope.

Haleigh Jane is off oxygen, but she, more than all of us is suffering the loss of her true soulmate. No one on earth can connect with her the way her sister did. I keep searching for the return of that sparkle in her eye. The one that lets you know she is happy even without a smile. I read her every card you send and now and then I see a glimpse of that twinkle.

How can I ever thank all of you for that? There are no words. Just know that your love and kindness has been our saving grace.

I love you all,

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Jude, my heart goes out to you and Bill. Bill and I have met several times over the years but you and I have not (yet). My brother passed away at the age of 39 due to AIDS so I know what my mother went through and I have a dear friend who lost her daughter at age 19 years so I have a clue about how devastating the loss of a child is, and especially one as special as Hannah. You have been an incredible mother to your children and you are all lucky to have each other. I’m glad to hear that the support of your incredible network of friends and colleagues has been helpful and I hope that as one that you have not yet met, this will be of some help as well.

Jennifer Berg
May 15, 2015 1:51 pm

I now have another angel to reach out to in times if despair and joy. Thank you Thomas family for sharing your Hannah with the world. I hope for you, dear mother of Hannah, courage to keep going, just when you think you cannot take the pain any longer. Jennifer Berg

Jean Mensendick
May 19, 2015 3:57 pm

Thank you, Jude, for this lovely message. Those of us who are at a distance have such a feeling of inadequacy in searching for ways to touch you and your family in your time of loss. Your words have lifted that feeling of inadequacy and given us the comfort we hoped to give you.


The love just keeps flowing! Thank you one and all❤️❤️❤️

Jean Shirley
June 3, 2015 10:48 am

Dearest Jude and Bill,

I just learned today of Hannah’s passing and am so deeply sorry. I will let Janet know. Please know that you are so in my heart and prayers. I am so very grateful that I got to see beautiful Hannah from time to time. Her life was so blessed with overflowing love and the best of care. God bless all of you. Much love, Jean

Karen STewart Snow
August 25, 2015 8:21 am

Oh my I haven’t been on the Eden web for a long time. But my best friend from childhood with MS has been placed in a rehab and it is like walking into a funeral I go to Bill to try to make some sense when I see my problem is nothing like w hat you two have been going through. I am so very sorry about your loss of Hannah. Our children should not go before us. So so sorry. Karen S.Snow Sarasota, Florida. And Brooklin, maine. Bill changed our lives forever at Pines of Sarasota but we could not hold it together there. My very best to you and your inspiring family.


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