The Silas Program Fund

Thank you all for your out pouring of love for my dear friends. I read every comment and one day I am guessing my friend Courtney will too. Courtney has always been such an encouragement to me regarding my blog and to see you all offer kindness to her makes me smile. Court and I met in college and roomed together for a year before she got married. Incredibly enough, she married one of my husband Chris’ close friends from his childhood.  They are life-long friends to Chris and I. They’ve celebrated all our joys and wept with us in difficulty.

There will come a day for me to share more about their son Silas. Today, I will simply say Silas’ 56 hours were beautiful. Not a beautiful like you describe a new haircut, but a deep beautiful. One forged with both overwhelming joy and immense pain. One that can be described as a holy beautiful. Out of the beauty of his life, The Silas Program is beginning.
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“A Tulsa hospital and medical team of professionals are partnering with Blake and Courtney to develop The Silas Program – a program which will provide palliative care as an option for parents whose newborns have received fatal diagnoses. This team-approach to care focuses on providing newborns with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness with a goal of improving the quality of life for both the newborn and the family.

Your donation to The Silas Program Fund is the first step toward Blake and Courtney’s mission of walking alongside families in the Tulsa community who will face the unfathomable circumstances of losing a newborn. Whether helping with expenses, providing a treasured keepsake, or distributing literature related to grief, loss and palliative care, Blake and Courtney will use 100% of the money so generously donated to educate and serve these broken families.” – The Silas Program Fund Website.

On May 30, 2014, Blake and Courtney lost their precious son, Silas, to a complex and rare heart defect.  After having been born on May 28, 2014, Silas lived 56 treasured hours.  He spent his beautiful life in his parents’ arms and knew no pain or suffering.  In fact, all he knew was love.

A Tulsa hospital and team of medical professionals are partnering with Blake and Courtney to develop The Silas Program – a program which will provide palliative care as an option for parents whose newborns have received fatal diagnoses.  This team-approach to care focuses on providing newborns with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness with a goal of improving the quality of life for both the newborn and the family.

Your donation to The Silas Program Fund is the first step toward Blake and Courtney’s mission of walking alongside families in the Tulsa community who will face the unfathomable circumstances of losing a newborn.  Whether helping with expenses, providing a treasured keepsake, or distributing literature related to grief, loss and palliative care, Blake and Courtney will use 100% of the money so generously donated to educate and serve these broken families.

Thank you so much for honoring Silas and all of the families who will benefit from your support.

– See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/the-silas-program-fund/186306#sthash.erDbF4fh.dp

On May 30, 2014, Blake and Courtney lost their precious son, Silas, to a complex and rare heart defect.  After having been born on May 28, 2014, Silas lived 56 treasured hours.  He spent his beautiful life in his parents’ arms and knew no pain or suffering.  In fact, all he knew was love.

A Tulsa hospital and team of medical professionals are partnering with Blake and Courtney to develop The Silas Program – a program which will provide palliative care as an option for parents whose newborns have received fatal diagnoses.  This team-approach to care focuses on providing newborns with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness with a goal of improving the quality of life for both the newborn and the family.

Your donation to The Silas Program Fund is the first step toward Blake and Courtney’s mission of walking alongside families in the Tulsa community who will face the unfathomable circumstances of losing a newborn.  Whether helping with expenses, providing a treasured keepsake, or distributing literature related to grief, loss and palliative care, Blake and Courtney will use 100% of the money so generously donated to educate and serve these broken families.

Thank you so much for honoring Silas and all of the families who will benefit from your support.

– See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/the-silas-program-fund/186306#sthash.erDbF4fh.dpuf

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I share this today because I love this family. They are dear, dear friends to me and I long to help them in their hope of walking alongside other families who face a similar road. All Silas knew was love…

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  • Phaedra Johnson - This story really touched my heart so I made a small donation. God bless this family. P.S. I just recently found your blog and and I have enjoyed reading all of your past posts. You are such an inspiration.

  • Stephanie Rohde - This boy was such a beautiful baby, God bless him and his family. My prayers will be send to heaven!

  • Avenlea - Praying

  • Maureen - I just couldn’t leave the blog today without commenting. The pictures of Silas are beautiful and heartbreaking. I can’t imagine what those 56 hours were like. Donating for sure.

  • Lindy - I’ve read your blog for a couple of years now but never commented. These last two posts have brought me to tears–I almost had to close the browser without finishing. I have a 3-month old daughter, so being in the hospital after her birth is still fresh in mind mind. I absolutely cannot imagine how heartbreaking it would be knowing your baby only has a few short hours to live. My husband and I will make a donation to the cause. Prayers go out to Courtney & all of Silas’s family.

  • Ryan - My heart is absolutely broken for Blake and Courtney. Heading over to donate now.

  • Jenna Lou Odegard - My heart just cannot stop thinking about this family. I cannot even imagine the pain. He looks so perfect and precious. Thank you for sharing this… it’s hard to think about, but hopefully we can all bring hope to those suffering in this way.

  • Lynet - Your post, their story, the photos, they all made me bawl like a little baby. I just had my baby almost 4 months ago and she has been the greatest joy of my life. I cannot fathom losing her. And Silas, you captured his beauty so excellent I couldn’t help but feel so close and so heartbroken over a little family that are complete strangers.
    I have shared this post, donated and send ALL my love to them, but especially Courtney. <3

  • amber - These last 2 posts have been incredibly hard to read. Praying for your precious friends as they grieve their beautiful boy. I cannot imagine the deepness of their pain. What a tremendous heart they have to begin such a beautiful ministry to families in Tulsa. Praying the Lord uses them in mighty ways.

  • Marianela - I always read your blog, and the last two post were devastating.
    I have made a donation, it’s a way to remind them that they are not alone. God knows why Silas went to heaven.
    Love and prayers to the family.

  • Ashley - My heart is broken for them. I pray that God carries them through this unimaginable experience.

    And Baby Silas….you have changed me. God bless you, sweet baby.

  • KristyC - My heart hurts so bad for your friends. I keep pleading for God to hold them because It’s the only comfort that makes this bearable. Courtney may or may not remember me because I only met her once, but please keep me in mind if she is searching for anyone who has been there. Silas is so precious .

  • Elizabeth - He’s just so, so beautiful. I can’t believe it. I’m sobbing as I type this. I can only imagine their pain. Thank you (and them) for sharing him with us.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Thank you for sharing this with us. He is so beautiful and I have wept for them. Thank you for sharing a way to donate to this cause.

  • Sadee Schilling - Silas is so beautiful and obviously carried a powerful touch from Heaven during his short time on this Earth. What a precious little boy…I am heartbroken for this family but my heart is somehow full at the same time as I am blown away by the love and Grace radiating through these photos. Sending my love and prayers for Blake and Courtney

  • AmyK - I read your blog on Monday- and a little boy who is now an angel, changed me. And for the last 3 days, I would picture his sweet face in my mind. But today, I read your blog and learned his name. Silas. I had to say it out loud. Silas. I’m praying for his family and I’m also thankful that we got to meet him on your blog.

  • Amanda - Ashley,
    Your gift of photography goes beyond just creating beautiful photographs to capturing a piece of time with all its emotion and depth. Thank you to Silas’ family for allowing you to share the life of their son. Praise God that life is eternal for those who love him and are called according to his purpose.

  • Katy - Hey Ashley

    Maybe random, maybe not…but I also make dolls out of newborn clothing as a keepsake. If you think Courtney and her hubs maybe interested I would love to provide a keepsake doll for them made of something special Silas wore.

    Lots of hugs and prayers to you and Silas’s family
    Xoxox