Thinking About Katie

11/8/78 – 6/19/85

I had a lovely daughter, named Kathleen “Katie” Alynne. She was my youngest daughter and quite amazing. She was six and a half when she died after a car accident that occurred on June 13th.  She lived until June 19th, but she never regained consciousness after the paramedics pulled her from the car. So in my mind and my heart, the 13th is the day that she left us.


People have wondered and actually said to me, that after 36 years I should be over losing her.

What I know is, you never get over losing a child. But you learn to go on and to make a new life for yourself. But on days like today, I like to remind everyone that once long ago, lived a beautiful little girl named Katie!


This is so beautiful. I was crying by the second line, Written by Henry Scott Holland (27 January 1847 – 17 March 1918) was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford.


Katie 2A few years ago, an old friend was sorting through his pictures when he found this one of Katie. I’d never seen it before, and it was such a wonderful gift!

Most days I do well. I don’t dwell and I can look at her lovely face in pictures and smile. Then there are days that it hits me all over again and I am overwhelmed by grief. I don’t stay there long. Katie wouldn’t want that.

I miss you each day, Katie.

6 thoughts on “Thinking About Katie”

  1. I can’t imagine anyone would really get over the loss of a child.

    That is lovely prose indeed, and I have saved it.

  2. What a lovely tribute to your once earthly angel and now one who watches you from above, Maribeth. Actually, she is not far away because she resides in you heart. Sending you peaceful vibes as you reflect on Katie today and every day.

  3. Every time I watch this I end up in a puddle of tears. No, I’ve never lost a child, but as a mother my heart breaks for you. This is a beautiful tribute to remember your child. Not that you ever forget. I remember you as such a sweet kind and loving person, you have shown your incredible strength here. God bless you and your children.

  4. Katie was such a beautiful child
    She will never be forgotten and always loved. Such a beautiful post. I love you sooooo much.

  5. Who would ever expect you to get over this? You get through it and move forward, but who among us could every get over it? You’ve keep Katie here and so many of us have grown to know her over the years. She’s a little beacon of smiling light. xoxo

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