The Loss of a Mother: A Mother’s Day Plea

If you follow my cooking blog, Amanda’s Cookin’, then last week you may have read that it was my 45th birthday and I dedicated my cake and post to my late mother. She passed away at my age. 45. It was devastating, and it still is. It’s been 22 years and the hurt still lingers. Then I heard about Heidi’s sister in law.

The loss of a loved one is a strange surreal reality. Life is completely normal except for one large, gaping hole. Each day the pain seems to become more real and defined as the actuality of what has happened sinks in.

Heidi of Honeybear Lane, lost her sister-in-law, Alice Hansen, this week to complications following the birth of her third baby. She fought a hard fight to stay on this earth with her husband and three little children who love her dearly. But God wanted her with Him and there is none who can stop Him. Her husband, Heidi’s brother, was left behind to take care of their two little boys and newborn daughter.

Heidi’s family opened a donation account for Alice and her family. This money will go towards funeral costs, residual medical expenses, and the costs of raising children without a mother or a job. Her brother is going through a very difficult thing and while nothing can replace the ache of losing his sweetheart, any sort of donation will help to ease the burdens a little.

If you would like to donate money directly, please visit Heidi’s blog Honeybear Lane. You can donate easily by clicking the “Donate” button on the right sidebar. You can donate through Paypal, credit card, or e-check (a check directly from your bank account.) Any and all donations are appreciated.

ANOTHER CRAFTY IDEA >>  Yikes where did the week go?

Please also spread the word by sharing any posts you see about it. You may use any of these beautiful printables that the talented Lara made for Alice. These printables represent the music that Alice made in her life–being a PhD in music. In addition to being a wonderful wife and mother, she was a very gifted pianist who traveled the world before getting married and having children. She shared that passion with her husband, also a pianist. Music brought them together.

Music was her passion. But her family was her life. She figuratively and literally gave her life for her children. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Message from Heidi: From the bottom of our grief-stricken hearts: Thank you.


  1. says

    We just never know what may be going on in someone else’s life. Be kind to everyone and lending a hand whenever possible. It’s the least we can do. I’m so sorry for the early passing of your mom and for this family that has lost their wife and mother so soon.

  2. lori says

    I am sorry to hear about this. I hope that Heidi’s brother will make it through this difficult time.

  3. says

    I am so sorry to hear this – I wish I had the ability to donate .. we almost lost my sister last July after the birth of her first baby. thankfully, she was saved.

    I will keep Alice’s family in my thoughts and prayers, and hope some day soon to be able to help them. <3<3

  4. says

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family, especially the children. I hope there will be counseling available, especially when the newborn is older, so she doesn’t blame herself for her mother’s death.

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