Mom’s Devastating Facebook Tribute to Daughter Goes Viral
Sarah Walton’s heartbreaking Facebook post is a stark reminder that a mother’s love transcends illness and death.
Walton’s 4-year-old daughter Ellie had been diagnosed with a brain tumor just four months into her life, which became a swirl of chemotherapy and surgeries. The youngster sadly passed away at the beginning of this year, and Sarah Walton took to Facebook earlier this month in memorial. Along with a photo of a custom box containing her daughter’s ashes strapped into her carseat, the mom posted a long and touching caption about her daughter’s life and the unfairness of her death, which read:
“You should be here. We made you a custom urn, you would love it baby girl. Unfortunately temporary urns are just boxes, that wasn’t good enough for you, so I decorated it, until your perfect urn comes in. Driving you home the other day, I was scared, but buckling you in felt normal. Even though None of this is normal, none of this is right. You should be here. Death is so selfish baby girl. My heart is broken. I’m Literally hurting and torn, I know your in a better place, and yet no place is better than in my arms. I know your happy and pain free, and yet I want you here. It’s been two months since I last kissed your cheek or played with your hair. It’s been two months of pure torture, agony, and despair. All I want back is our daily life, whatever they entailed, I want it back. I want hospital visits back, and chemo back, I want your laughter, and your joyous heart back. The things that brought my heart so much pain, only a few months ago, I so desperately want back today. Life’s not fair baby girl, you know that better than anyone. I do know that your life brought me so much joy, and looking back, I’m thankful that I made sure to tell you every single day just how much I loved you. I will forever be grateful to have been your mommy. Baby girl I don’t want you watching over me thinking that your passing only causes me pain. You see baby girl, I would gladly take this pain over and over again, if it meant that I got to be your momma. Cause had I never known you, I would have never known pure happiness, I would have never known to live every moment as your last, and I would have never known what true bravery, strength, and courage looked like. This will change baby girl, I will make it change. I never want another mom to feel this way, and I will fight for these other kids so that no other mom has to buckle in ashes of their babies. Because you have always been worth #morethan4“Walton initially shared the post on the Prayers for Ellie Walton Facebook page on March 15, and the post quickly went viral. By March 23, it’s gained 6,000 reactions and nearly 1,000 shares. In addition, nearly 500 commenters reached out to offer Walton their support and condolences.
Your Daily Dish was able to speak to Sarah Walton through the Prayers for Ellie Walton Facebook page. On her initial decision to share the photo, she explained, “I shared the photo because honestly it felt normal for me to. I’ve always taken pictures of Ellie, and this was no different to me. She will always be my baby no matter what.”
Walton also spoke about the reaction the post has received, and how much it’s meant to her. “The reaction we have gotten brings our family so much comfort and honestly it is truly a blessing to see her legacy live in, and her name being spoken by so many,” she said.
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