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Dear Shyra

This morning at 6:30am, I was compelled to start writing Shyra a letter. I had no idea why, since I didn’t find out until 7am that she had gone to be with Jesus.

I got the call and jumped in my car. I knew Shyra was already gone and that when I got to the hospital (an hours drive away) she wouldn’t there anymore. The spirit that had been holding on to her body, finally let go. That’s when I realized. She’s not there, she’s here, with me! So even though I was traveling solo, I veered over to the carpool lane (sorry not sorry police officers and Karen’s on the freeway) and me and Shyra drove down there together to console the family and to see her cute little toes one last time.

I wasn’t going to share the letter I wrote, but maybe it can bring healing to you all as you are also grieving the loss of this lovely lady.


Dear Shyra,


I want you to know that as your sister, I see you. I see the pain in your eyes and the love in your heart.

I want you to know that as your sister, I hear you. I hear the fear in your voice and the strength in your words.


I want you to know that as your sister, I feel you. I feel the soft touch of your hand, and the torn emotions of wanting to fight but also wanting to let go.


I want you to know that as your sister, I know you. I know your hopes and dreams and I also know your heartache.


I want you to know that as your sister, I will miss you in a way no one will understand and I will carry you with me in ways only sisters can (carpool lane!).


I want you to know that as your sister, I will never forget about you or stop talking about you to anyone who will listen.


I want you to know on behalf of everyone who has been lucky enough to know you during these precious 33 years of your life, that they will never be the same without you, myself included.

Sincerely Yours,

Harmony”

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